Poundland is placing 44 of its UK stores into temporary hibernation - but Leamington's store will stay open
Poundland is placing 44 of its UK stores into temporary hibernation from the end of trading on Saturday (January 9) as a result of the ongoing lockdown restrictions.
But Leamington's store in the Parade 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 high streets across the country.
Poundland is replicating the measures it took during the lockdowns throughout 2020, with 44 or its 800-plus stores to be temporarily hibernated.
As an essential retailer, the vast majority of its stores will remain open to serve customers in their communities.
In the first 2020 lockdown last March, Poundland hibernated around 120 stores and was able to start reopening them from the end of 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.”
The following Poundland stores will enter hibernation 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