Poundland Ballymena and Dungannon getting ready to open as part of £15m investment
Poundland is opening 10 new stores, including two in Northern Ireland, in the run-up to Christmas as it brings more choice to shoppers across the UK and Ireland.
The two new stores in Ballymena and Dungannon will create a total of 55 new jobs in the province, offering an extended range with PEP&CO clothing and homeware.
They are the first to be confirmed as Poundland prepares to open 45 new stores over the next 12 months in an investment of over £15 million.
At a time when many retailers are in retreat, Poundland is committed to opening more stores in town centres and retail parks and playing a vital role as an essential retailer to communities across the country.
In Ballymena the new store will be launched as the town’s second Poundland shop, with no plans to close the already established store based in The Tower Centre on Wellington Street.
The town’s new store will open its doors on Saturday 21 November in a 8,500 sq ft unit in the Braidwater Retail Park, creating 25 new jobs.
The Dungannon store is opening in a similar sized unit of 8,751 sq ft in The Oaks Shopping Centre, employing 30 people.
Poundland managing director Barry Williams said: “Poundland is going through the biggest transformation in our history and as part of that we’ve got ambitious plans to open new stores across the country where we can be a vital part of the retail community.
“We’ve broadened our ranges in groceries and household products and we’ve introduced PEP&CO clothing and homeware which means our customers can buy more of what they need under one roof.
“We aim to bring amazing value to our customers every day and are proud to be playing our part in keeping our town centres and retail parks alive and making them places where people want to shop.”
Like all Poundland stores, the new stores will operate to the highest standards of hygiene and safety, including barrier screens at checkouts and thorough cleaning regimes applied across the day. Customers are asked to observe official guidelines on social distancing and wearing masks.