Poundland Worthing

Source: The Grocer

The 44 closures will leave about 800 Poundlands still trading, including the Worthing branch

Poundland is temporarily closing 44 stores in locations worst hit by plummeting footfall thanks to lockdowns across the UK.

The measure was in response to an 80% drop in footfall in some shopping centres and high streets as the UK’s various lockdown rules took hold, Poundland said.

The variety discounter, designated an essential retailer because of its food and grocery ranges, took a similar move last year, when around 120 stores were ‘hibernated’ in the first lockdown period. The stores closed in March and began reopening in May.

The new closures are due to take place at the end of trading on Saturday (9 January), leaving about 800 Poundlands still open.

As before, the move was to protect the business in the short-term and help position it well for the UK’s recovery from the pandemic, Poundland said.

“Where appropriate”, affected staff would be furloughed, it added.

“We learned valuable lessons during the lockdown in March about how buying patterns change as people stick to government advice to stay at home,” said Poundland retail and transformation director Austin Cooke.

“Putting a small number of stores into hibernation helps protect them for the long term and focus our attention on the majority of stores that remain open to serve their neighbourhoods.

“We hope this lockdown is short and we can reopen our hibernating stores as quickly as possible and we remain grateful for the vital support schemes available to us that help protect jobs.”

These are the 44 stores set to temporarily close:

Poundland stores hibernating from Sunday 10 January

Newark, St Marks Place

Londonderry Ferryquay Street NI

Grantham, Isaac Newton Centre,

Kingston upon Thames Eden Walk

Mansfield Four Seasons SC

Harlow Harvey SC

Lowestoft Britten SC

Colchester Culver Street

Ipswich Sailmakers SC

Ayr High Street

Norwich Castle Mall

Workington Campbell-Savours Way

Newmarket, The Guineas SC

Carlisle Scotch Street

Luton 31 The Mall SC

Dumfries, Loreburne SC

Belfast Castlecourt SC NI

Glasgow Union Street

Newry Buttercrane SC NI

Falkirk Howgate SC

Enniskillen Erneside SC NI

Edinburgh Princes Street

Newry Quays SC NI

Perth St Johns SC

Inverness High Street

Cardiff 121 Queens Street

Kirkcaldy Mercat SC

Bridgwater Angel Place SC

Cramlington Manor Walks SC

Burnley 82 Charter Walk SC

Middlesbrough Captain Cook Square SC

Preston Fishergate Centre

Durham Riverwalk SC

Rochdale Exchange SC

Beverley Flemingate SC

Chester Frodsham Street

Farnham The Borough

Bootle Strand SC

Fareham Market Quay

Solihull High Street

Fareham Whiteley SC

Newcastle under Lyme Castle Walk

Crewe Market St

Merry Hill SC