Budget store opens in Blackpool

General view of a Poundland store
General view of a Poundland store

A MAJOR budget retailer will throw open its doors in Blackpool today – with bosses saying resort shoppers will be quids in.

Poundland, Europe’s biggest single price discount retailer, will launch its new store on Bank Hey Street, creating 15 new jobs in the process.

The shop replaces women’s fashion outlet Wallis and TJ Hughes, which closed recently.

Poundland’s trading director David Coxon said: “We are delighted to open this newly located Poundland store in Blackpool.

“Poundland offers exceptional value on top branded products to more than 3.8 million customers every week.

“The £1 price hasn’t changed since we opened our first store 21 years ago. Our current customers love us and we are sure the Blackpool shoppers will continue to do so too.”

When it was first revealed the megastore would open in Blackpool, town centre bosses believed fashion chain Warehouse could also close as part of the plans, but those fears have since been allayed.

Eileen Ormand, Blackpool’s town centre business improvement district (BID) manager, said it she preferred to see a national retailer replacing closing stores, rather than leaving empty shops.

She said: “I expect Poundland will do very good business. We’ve got to think positive about it – it’s another national firm investing in Blackpool and it’s not a short-term let from what I believe which is good.

“Most people would rather have a full street than empty shops though – and I’m glad it’s a national retailer.”

To celebrate its opening, Poundland is running a competition for three people to win a £1,000 Thomas Cook travel voucher.

For more details see in store.