Poundland will open 11 stores this Saturday, 10 of which were previously Wilko shops.
Poundland is encouraging former Wilko employees to apply for the in-store roles, saying they will be prioritised for the jobs after thousands of workers were made redundant last month.
The retailer said more than 200 job offers have been made to former Wilko employees as of today, with that number increasing each day. They're encouraging those who have been made redundant to follow Poundland's LinkedIn posts or visit www.poundlandcareers.com to find details of open roles and how to apply for them.
Poundland’s managing director Austin Cooke said: “Our people make Poundland special and last week they did an amazing job to turn ex-Wilko stores into brand new Poundlands in just six days – the size and scale of what they’ve achieved has been nothing short of phenomenal.
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“But they worked hard because we meant what we said about moving quickly to create jobs for Wilko colleagues.
“And that’s why we’ll pull out all the stops to repeat that feat and open another 10 stores this weekend.
“I know from meeting our new colleagues from Wilko, how delighted they were to welcome customers old and new back to their store last weekend – and that’s inspiring us to keep the pace up and bring the amazing value we promise to more high streets this Saturday.
“And while it will take a little time to get the converted Wilkos quite as we’d like, by opening swiftly we’re protecting jobs, adding amazing value to the high street, and putting more stores and products closer to our customers when they need it most.
“That makes our mission to open them as speedily as we can, so important.”
Full list of 10 former Wilko stores reopening as Poundland this week
The following 10 former Wilko stores will open this weekend on Saturday, October 7.
3-35 Nottingham Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1NN
Units 2/4 Bank Road, Matlock, DE4 3AQ24
Welsh Street, Chepstow, NP16 5LL
The Kimberley Shopping Centre, 25 Greens Lane, Nottingham, NG16 2PB
15-21 High Street, Worcester, WR1 2QE
Unit 6-18 Civic Way, Marina Walk, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0AP
Cary Lane, Brigg, DN20 8EY
13-15 Fore Street, Redruth, TR15 2BD
Units 1-2, 92-94 Victoria Road, Ferndown, BH22 9JA
Unit 2/3, Crane Street, Torfaen, Pontypool, South Wales, NP4 6LY
Poundland will also open a new store in Telford on the same day.