New Poundland store set to open in Hull city centre
A NEW Poundland store is opening in the city centre.
The bargain shop, which also trades in the Prospect Centre and Bransholme, is moving into the former TJ Hughes three-storey building in Ferensway.
Although it will only take over the ground-floor site, the company says it will brighten up the street and offer shoppers good-quality items.
It is also creating 25 jobs.
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Tim McDonnell, retail director for Poundland, insisted the other stores will not close.
He said the company had its eye on the city centre building for about six months and is spending more than £1m on the refurbishment.
"It's a fun shop. It will be clean and cheerful and bring a bit of life to this area of the city centre," he said.
"The store in the Prospect Centre is one of our older shops and it's quite small. We've always traded well in Hull and wanted somewhere bigger.
"We have a large range of items and it will be good to offer those to local people at this fantastic site.
"It's very visible as you come into Hull and we're happy we now have this building."
The 7,500sq ft store will open on Thursday. It is hoped it will encourage further investment in the city centre.
The building has been empty since TJ Hughes closed in August last year, resulting in 51 job losses, after it went into administration and closed almost half of its stores.
Hull Business Improvement District (Bid) city centre manager Kathryn Shillito said: "The agent said they weren't too worried about the building because it's in such a good location.
"We put up vibrant boards showing images of Hull to brighten it up and it's made a big difference.
"The building was always on our horizon and to have Poundland take on the lease is fantastic news.
"There's now a great mix of shops with high-end stores, such as House of Fraser and Debenhams, so close by.
"Everyone loves a bargain and I think it will be a shop a lot of people go in when it opens."
Shopper Paula Smith, of east Hull, said she was pleased the company is creating jobs in the city for local people.
She said: "I would have liked to see an independent store come in but it's great news that they are helping the jobs situation in Hull and offering people work."
Poundland's trading director David Coxon said: "Poundland offers exceptional value on top branded products to more than 4.5 million customers every week.
"The £1 price hasn't changed since we opened our first store 22 years ago."