Poundland puts 44 UK stores into temporary hibernation - but Northamptonshire's nine shops stay open
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Poundland is placing 44 of its UK stores into temporary hibernation from the Saturday night as a result of the ongoing lockdown restrictions.
But the chain's nine stores in Northamptonshire will remain open.
The budget retailer has said the move is to protect the business in the short-term and reflects the 80 per cent drop in footfall at shopping centres and highstreets across the country.
Poundland is replicating the measures it took during the lockdowns throughout 2020, with 44 of its 800-plus stores temporarily hibernated.
But sites in Northampton at Abington Street, Gold Street, Weston Favell, Riverside and Sixfields; plus two in Kettering and one in each Wellingborough and Corby will remain open.
Poundland is classed as an essential retailer but hibernated around 120 stores during the first 2020 lockdown between March and May.
Hibernation allows the retailer to focus workers in a slightly smaller number of locations and provide a better service to communities in consolidated stores.
It is intended that the move will ensure the retailer is well positioned once the UK emerges from the pandemic.
Austin Cooke, Poundland’s retail director said: “We learned valuable lessons during the lockdown in March about how buying patterns change as people stick to government advice to stay at home.
“Putting a small number of stores into hibernation helps protect them for the long term and focus our attention on the majority of stores that remain open to serve their neighbourhoods.
“We hope this lockdown is short and we can re-open our hibernating stores as quickly as possible and we remain grateful for the vital support schemes available to us that help protect jobs.”
Full list of stores Poundland stores which will enter hibernation and not from Sunday January 10:
Newark, St Marks Place
Grantham, Isaac Newton Centre
Mansfield Four Seasons Shopping Centre
Lowestoft Britten Shopping Centre
Ipswich Sailmakers Shopping Centre
Norwich Castle Mall
Newmarket, The Guineas Shopping Centre
Luton 31 The Mall Shopping Centre
Belfast Castlecourt Shopping Centre NI
Newry Buttercrane Shopping Centre NI
Enniskillen Erneside Shopping Centre NI
Newry Quays Shopping Centre NI
Londonderry Ferryquay Street NI
Inverness High Street
Kirkcaldy Mercat Shopping Centre
Cramlington Manor Walks Shopping Centre
Middlesbrough Captain Cook Square Shopping Centre
Durham Riverwalk Shopping Centre
Beverley Flemingate Shopping Centre
Farnham The Borough
Fareham Market Quay
Fareham Whiteley Shopping Centre
Crewe Market Street
Kingston upon Thames Eden Walk
Harlow Harvey Shopping Centre
Colchester Culver Street
Ayr High Street
Workington Campbell-Savours Way
Carlisle Scotch Street
Dumfries, Loreburne Shopping Centre
Glasgow Union Street
Falkirk Howgate Shopping Centre
Edinburgh Princes Street
Perth St Johns Shopping Centre
Cardiff 121 Queens Street
Bridgwater Angel Place Shopping Centre
Burnley 82 Charter Walk Shopping Centre
Preston Fishergate Centre
Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre
Chester Frodsham Street
Bootle Strand Shopping Centre
Solihull High Street
Newcastle under Lyme Castle Walk
Merry Hill Shopping Centre