Burnley's Poundland to go into 'hibernation'

Essential retailer Poundland is to temporarily close 44 stores from tomorrow, including its Burnley store in Charter Walk Shopping Centre.

A number of Poundland stores are going into 'hibernation'
A number of Poundland stores are going into 'hibernation'

The chain said some of its outlets across the UK will go in to "hibernation" after they close on Saturday, to allow the business to focus on larger stores in consolidated areas.

Austin Cooke, retail director at Poundland, said: "We learned valuable lessons during the lockdown in March about how buying patterns change as people stick to government advice to stay at home.

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"Putting a small number of stores into hibernation helps protect them for the long term and focus our attention on the majority of stores that remain open to serve their neighbourhoods.

"We hope this lockdown is short and we can re-open our hibernating stores as quickly as possible and we remain grateful for the vital support schemes available to us that help protect jobs."

Around 800 Poundland stores will remain open.