Poundland brings shop back from hibernation

Cut price store Poundland will be reopening its Oswestry store on Friday after it was ‘placed in hibernation’ in January when customer numbers dropped.

The discount retailer has kept the majority of its shops open for essential shopping across the country throughout the pandemic.

And it has now confirmed that those which it did decide to temporarily close will start to reopen.

Staff returned to work at the Oswestry, Cross Street, on Tuesday to prepare the store for Friday.

Poundland retail director, Austin Cooke, said: “We’re proud to have kept most of our stores open serving our communities with the essentials they need.

“In some places, we couldn’t stay open when so many of our neighbours were forced to close.

Confidence

“The Government roadmap is good news for retailers and our town centres which have such an important role to play in our recovery and our colleagues and customers will be delighted that we’re re-opening in these locations, and so are we.

“Safety continues to be our first priority, and shoppers can return with confidence – we’re well versed in making our stores safe place to shop.

“We’re all looking forward to giving them a warm welcome as they return.”

The stores will have all Covid-19 safety regulations and guidelines in place, the company confirmed.

“Like all Poundland stores, the reopened stores will operate to the highest standards of safety with barrier screens at checkouts and thorough and regular cleaning regimes applied across the day,” he added.

“Customers are asked to observe government guidelines on social distancing and wearing masks.”

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