POUNDLAND will start reopening its final 25 stores from tomorrow as lockdown measures on the high street are slowly lifting.
The discounter temporarily closed 100 of it's 800 UK stores back in April after a drop in footfall due to the coronavirus meant that it wasn't viable to keep them open.
The majority of these closed stores had another outlet nearby or were in a shopping centres, which faced difficulties remaining open.
As lockdown measures are eased, the retailer has slowly been reopening its chain of shops.
The phased reopening began in mid-May when 30 shops began welcoming back customers, followed by another 15 branches a few days later.
A further 26 branches opened at the end of May.
Where are the last Poundland stores to reopen?
THESE stores will be welcoming back customers from tomorrow:
- Birmingham 76-77 Corporation Street
- Blackpool 13 Bank Hey Street
- Bridgend Adare Street
- Bridgwater Angel Place shopping centre
- Cannock shopping centre
- Cardiff Queen Street
- Colchester Retail Park
- Coventry Hertford Street
- Croydon Whitgift shopping centre
- Falkirk Howgate shopping centre
- Falmouth Norwich Anglia Square
- Glasgow Trongate Bury
- Glasgow Union Street
- Harlow Harvey shopping centre
- Huddersfield New Street
- Ipswich Sailmakers shopping centre
- Leeds St Johns shopping centre
- Luton Arndale shopping centre
- Meadowhall shopping centre (1 July)
- Millgate shopping centre
- Newbury Kennet shopping centre
- Nuneaton Market Place
- Wakefield Ridings shopping centre
- Walsall Saddlers shopping centre
Now that non-essential shops are allowed to begin trading again, Poundland say that it's possible to start the final phase of reopening.
There will be 24 stores opening from tomorrow June 26, including branches in Harlow, Huddersfield, Bridgend and Blackpool.
The final store to open will be Meadowhall in Sheffield on Wednesday July 1 – for the full list of stores see the box out above.
Extra health and safety checks are being carried out at the shops before they reopen and they will operate in the same way as stores that have been able to stay open during lockdown.
Customers will also have to follow strict social distancing rules when shopping, including limiting the number of people allowed inside at the same time and following floor markers to help keep them two metres apart.
Other measures in place include perspex screens to protect workers and customers and "rigorous hygiene routines", which include staff washing their hands every 20 minutes and surfaces being wiped down every hour.
These measures are part of the guidelines businesses must abide by if they wish to reopen.
It was allowed to stay open during the pandemic lockdown because it sells groceries and household goods meaning that it is considered to be essential.
Poundland retail director Austin Cooke said: "All our colleagues have worked incredibly hard to keep the vast bulk of our stores open and we’re delighted to be welcoming back those in the final phase of our reopening programme.
"We’re pleased that so many of our retail neighbours are reopening too as our customers once again say hi to their High Streets.
"While this feels like an important milestone on getting back to normal, it’s important we all maintain the social distancing and hygiene regimes that have helped us shop smart and stay safe."
Since June 15, a number of retailers have opened their doors once again as lockdown measures for the high street have been eased.
Pubs and hairdressers have been given the go-ahead to open again from July 4.
Here's how the pubs will look after lockdown, including table service and table bookings.
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