Poundland has laid out plans to reopen 36 of its stores that have been closed throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The discount chain said it will resume trade in these shops on Monday in the first phase of its plans to reopen all stores that have been “hibernating” since the Government-mandated lockdown.
The retailer has kept most of its branches open for essential shopping but closed the doors to around one in nine stores in March.
It said these stores were largely sites where it had another branch nearby or were in shopping centres that had difficulty remaining open.
Poundland will gradually reopen the doors to its remaining UK and Ireland stores over the coming weeks in a process it has dubbed Operation Sleeping Beauty.
It said robust health and safety measures will operate in these stores as they have done in Poundland shops that remained open through the lockdown.
These measures include floor markers, marshals at doors to limit customer numbers, screens at checkouts, the closure of some checkouts to make social distancing easier and “rigorous hygiene routines”.
Austin Cooke, Poundland’s retail director, said: “We’ve never been prouder of our role as a retailer at the heart of communities and high streets.
“While safety has to come first, we’re delighted to be able to begin reopening hibernating Poundland stores to fully serve those communities across the UK with the essentials they need.”
The Poundland stores that will reopen on Monday May 18 are:
Colchester St Johns
Cork Merchant Quay
Dublin Mary Street
Doncaster Wheatley retail park
Eastleigh Swan shopping centre
Gateshead Metro Centre
Great Yarmouth Regent Road
Harrow St Anns Road
Kingston upon Thames
Maidstone Chequers shopping centre
Milton Keynes Centre
Mansfield Four Seasons
Mullingar Fairgreen Centre
Newport Gwent Kingsway
Northampton Gold Street
Norwich Castle Mall
Romford Brewery retail park
Sunderland High Street
Wembley High Road