Poundland closes another store on the British high street

While the store only opened in the past six months in Alfreton, Derbyshire, Poundland is now closed.

A spokesperson for the retail chain said it had been “unable to secure a long term lease” to continue trading in the unit.

The store was shut for good on Saturday, April 6, with the spokesperson saying: “We know that will be disappointing to customers and colleagues alike.

“We will, of course, do all we can to look for other opportunities for colleagues at the store.”

Responding to the store closure announcement, local resident Denise King posted on Facebook: “That is so sad our towns are dying a death.”

Another posted: “It’s the staff I feel for… such nice people.” A third user said: “This is ridiculous.”

Poundland, once a high street giant, most recently closed in Galashiels, which meant local shoppers would have to travel a staggering 30 miles to the nearest store in Musselburgh.

Elsewhere, Poundland pulled down its shutters in Eccles, Salford, and is planned for closure in Jarrow, South Tyneside, on April 20.

The retailer also closed a shop in Sailmakers Shopping Centre, in Ipswich, as the British high street continues to evolve.

Why are so many stores closing?

Store closures may be because of increasing energy costs and business rates. Another possibility is that online retailers are more convenient for shoppers so trade is following where consumers buy.

Derby resident Denise King said: “Please go out and shop, meet new people, have a laugh, meet up with partners, lovers and friends, but please please don’t let our high streets die.”

Poundland store closures

  • Alfreton, Derbyshire
  • Galashiels
  • Eccles, Salford
  • Jarrow, South Tyneside
  • Sailmakers Shopping Centre, Ipswich

All hope isn’t lost, however, as Poundland in Rhyl, Wales, has undergone a makeover.

Poundland’s new look is part of “Project Evo” where 150 stores across the UK and Ireland will undergo a transformation in time for August, 2024.

As part of the renovations, Poundland will get new signage, flooring and lighting to freshen up the aesthetics.

The refresh will be the first significant investment in the affected stores for more than five years, the Rhyl Journal reported.

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