Hardware store fills void

The former Market Hall site in Poulton will be opened as a Home Bargains.

The former Market Hall site in Poulton will be opened as a Home Bargains.

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A homeware store will open its doors next week after traders were told their leases would not be renewed.

Home Bargains plans to open its new shop in Village Walks, on Queensway, Poulton, on November 23 – after weeks of speculation.

Traders in the Market Hall were told in January their leases were not going to be renewed, forcing them to find a new premises for their businesses.

Some traders had worked in the precinct for 22 years and expressed their shock at receiving a letter from landlord Dransfield Properties telling them the facility would close in July.

However, the Home Bargains store will be officially opened a week on Saturday by Mayor and Mayoress of Wyre, Coun John Hodgkinson and his wife Linda.

The £500,000 development will provide 40 jobs at the store.

Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said: “We’re excited to be opening our first store in Poulton and look forward to welcoming new customers through the doors.

“Village Walks will be a great location for us – we’re thrilled to be in a position to offer local people top branded goods at exceptionally low prices.”

Amanda Holmes from Dransfield Properties added: “We are delighted that Home Bargains have announced an opening date for the new Poulton store.

“Our company has worked with Home Bargains in various locations across the country for nearly 20 years and we value that relationship.

“We are very pleased the work has now been completed allowing them to open their latest new store in Poulton later this month.”

This will be the first Home Bargains store to open in Poulton, joining more than 350 others across the UK.

John Bailie, of the Poulton Partnership residents group, added: “It’s good to see a part of the town being revitalised.

“What happened to the traders was unfortunate but the majority of them have found new homes and are doing quite well.

“This is the first of some major developments, with the Booths supermarket to come, and the town seems to be coming together.”

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