Poundland announces 10 more former Wilko stores will open this week - full list

Poundland store in Cheltenham

Poundland is opening more stores this month after buying up to 71 Wilko stores

Jessica Sheldon

By Jessica Sheldon

Published: 03/10/2023

- 11:36

Updated: 03/10/2023

- 12:19

Poundland owner Pepco agreed a deal with Wilko administrators PwC to buy up to 71 Wilko stores last month

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.

    The high street giant opened 10 former Wilko stores under the Poundland branding last Saturday.

    These are:

    • Broad Street, Chell Road, Stafford, Staffordshire, West Midlands
    • Pendle Rise Shopping Centre, Nelson, Lancashire
    • The Peel Centre, Great Portwood Street, Stockport, Greater Manchester
    • The Mall, Church Street, Eccles, Manchester
    • London Street, Southport, Merseyside
    • Lord Street, Leigh, Greater Manchester
    • East Street, Barking, London
    • High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
    • Bede Precinct, Viking Centre, Jarrow, South Tyneside
    • The Broadway, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
    Wilko store closing in pictures

    Poundland is reopening some of the former Wilko stores it has bought under its branding soon


    Poundland said it intends to carry out a fuller makeover of its converted Wilko stores next year, to make them fully operational Poundland stores.

    Wilko employed 12,500 people and had around 400 stores before it collapsed into administration in August.

    Administrators announced all stores would close, despite several retailers buying some Wilko properties, after it failed to secure a rescue deal for the whole business.

    Poundland owner Pepco agreed to buy up to 71 stores, while administrators reached a deal with B&M to buy up to 51 stores.

    The Range agreed to buy Wilko’s brand, website and intellectual property last month.

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