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Future of Wilko store in Grimsby secured thanks to high-street giant

Poundland has announced it will take over a former Wilko store in Grimsby next month.

The troubled chain announced the closure of all its stores in September and there was much speculation what would happen to the premises.

Now, Poundland has revealed it will move into the former Wilko store in Freeman Street, which is set to open on Saturday, November 4.

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All new Poundland stores – both Wilko and non-Wilko units – will carry the extensive grocery, household and general merchandise ranges customers expect. They will also feature the very latest Pepco family clothing that has rolled out to 500-plus of Poundland’s existing UK and Ireland stores.

Austin Cooke, Poundland’s managing director, said: “To open 75 stores in the space of a single quarter is nothing short of a super-human effort from every member of the Poundland team. To each and every one of them I say ‘thank you’.

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“But we’re working at this pace because we’re on a mission –ambitious to grow, create jobs and serve new communities by opening shops customers and communities can be proud of.”

Family-owned Wilko employed 12,500 staff and ran 400 shops before it hired administrators in August after it came under pressure from weak consumer spending and debts to suppliers.

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