Poundland has announced it will open nine former Wilko stores this weekend.
The discount retailer has published the full list of sites it is “working hard to open” on Saturday October 14.
Poundland’s retail director Darren Kay said: “We’re moving at pace because we know how important opening these stores are to local communities.
“While stores will get more extensive refits in next year, we’re proud that another nine former Wilko stores will begin their Poundland journeys this coming weekend.”
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The high street chain said each of these 29 new stores will have extensive grocery, household and general merchandise ranges found in every Poundland store.
They will also feature the same Pepco family clothing that is now rolling out to 500-plus of Poundland's existing UK and Ireland stores.
Full list of former Wilko stores opening as Poundland this weekend:
14-16 Church Street, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3BU
26 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1BG
The Interchange Centre, West Street, Gateshead, NE8 1BH
3 Market Square, Bicester, OX26 6AA
Unit SU19 Orton Gate Shopping Centre, Peterborough, PE2 5TD
196A Bradfield Road, Sheffield, S6 2BY
Unit 61, Manors Walk Shopping Nall, Cramlington, NE23 6UT
10-13 Cardiff Street, Aberdare, CF44 7DP
Shrewsbury Mall, Market Street, Rugeley, WS15 2JJ
Poundland will close its smaller store at Sheep Street in Bicester and relocate to the larger former Wilko store.
The company says it continues to prioritise former Wilko colleagues for vacancies in their stores, encouraging them to follow Poundland's posts on LinkedIn or visit www.poundlandcareers.co.uk to find details of open roles and how to apply for them.
All 400 Wilko stores have now closed after administrators failed to secure a rescue deal for the whole of the business, however, administrators did reach a deal with The Range to buy the Wilko brand, website and intellectual property.