Poundland has confirmed the reopening of seven additional former Wilko stores just in time for the festive season. This brings the total number of former Wilko locations undergoing a transformation into Poundland stores to 63.

Additionally, Poundland is set to open or relocate a total of 86 stores in a three-month period, marking the largest growth programme in the company’s history.

In a significant move, Poundland has added more Wilko stores to its expansion programme, along with three additional relocations, strengthening its commitment to increasing its retail footprint.

This quarter alone, the company has successfully opened new stores in various locations, including Telford, Stafford, Gloucester, Lancaster, Sunderland, and Dublin.

December openings and relocations

Poundland’s ambitious expansion plans for this December include 15 openings and relocations, featuring a move into a former John Lewis store in Watford.

Locations set to welcome Poundland stores on 2 December include Welwyn Garden City, Midsomer Norton, Bedford, Faversham, Newport, and Watford, among others.

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The company plans to continue its expansion efforts with additional openings in Falkirk, Wood Green, Sligo, Wells, Birmingham, Plymouth, and Cumbernauld on December 9.

Wilko conversions continue

The conversion of former Wilko stores into Poundland outlets remains a key focus for the company.

In December, an additional seven former Wilko stores will join the Poundland family, bringing the total number of rapid Wilko-to-Poundland conversions to 64.

This conversion process is part of Poundland’s strategy to maximise its presence and cater to a broader customer base.

The Poundland management emphasises its dedication to providing job opportunities and supporting high streets across Britain.

Poundland’s managing director, Austin Cooke, commended the monumental effort of the teams involved in the rapid store openings, highlighting the positive impact on local communities.

Former Wilko colleagues are being prioritised for roles in Poundland, with more than 800 offers of employment already extended.