Budget retailer Poundland to reopen 'hibernating' shops in Fareham and Whiteley

SHOPPERS will be able to revel in discounted goods once more after a budget retailer announced it was taking two of its stores out of ‘hibernation’.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 10:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 11:14 am

Poundland will be reviving its outlets in Market Quay, in Fareham, and inside the Whiteley Shopping Centre next week after months of closure.

The move is part of the final phase of the high street chain’s reopening plan, which is seeing a total of 43 shut shops being brought back online.

It comes after prime minister Boris Johnson last night confirmed non-essential retail stores would be able to reopen from Monday as part of the latest phase of lockdown easing measures.

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Poundland is reopening its 'hibernating' shops in Fareham and Whiteley from next week. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Barry Williams, Poundland managing director, said: ‘It is fantastic news that our high street neighbours are preparing to get back to business – not just other retailers but the cafés, gyms and hairdressers who make our town centres the vibrant places people love. We’ve missed you and are pleased you’re coming back.

‘We know too that many will be making their first tentative steps back into their town centres after being away for some time – we can’t wait to welcome them and say hello. Come see how we’ve changed.

‘We’re cracking on with our transformation programme and our investment in new stores, refurbishments, new ranges and distribution. With the challenges faced by high streets, that’s good news for our customers, our colleagues and our communities.’

The first group of 29 ‘hibernating’ stores were opened in February.

The discount retailer’s plan comes as it today announced it was pressing ahead with its £25m transformation programme, which began in July.

The scheme aims to see new outlets being opened, as well as current stores being revamped, with investment pumped into its chilled and frozen food distribution network.

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