Expanding Belfast's Poundland in jobs boost
Poundland has expanded one of its Belfast city centre branches with the creation of eight new jobs.
The new Ann Street store has taken over an empty neighbouring unit and doubled in size - increasing floor space to 20,000 sq ft, making it the largest in Northern Ireland.
The latest expansion highlights a growing demand for discount stores and cheaper retail options.
Poundland now has a total of eight stores in Belfast. The firm's trading director Richard Lancaster said: "We are delighted to be expanding our Ann Street store in Belfast.
"Poundland offers amazing value on top branded products to over five million customers every week for just £1 and we look forward to welcoming customers to our new store."
It now operates more than 580 stores across the UK, with 29 in Northern Ireland.
And it secured the latest store location with the help of agent Lambert Smith Hampton.
The property firm's Ryan Kee said the location in the Cornmarket area of Belfast had witnessed an upturn in the number of new shops opening their doors.
"Poundland has had tremendous success trading from their current location over the last five years," he said.