Poundland opens in Victoria Square - right opposite Bolton Town Hall

The Bolton News: Poundland has been given the seal of approval by shoppers Poundland has been given the seal of approval by shoppers

SHOPPERS have given the new Poundland facing Bolton Town Hall a resounding thumbs up.

The store, in Victoria Square, opened yesterday and there were plenty of customers to keep the tills of the national discount chain’s newest outlet jingling.

The store, next to Specsavers, has replaced the previous one in Newport Street and staff have been redeployed in the newer, larger shop.

Pensioner Nora Walker, who was visiting the store with husband Bob, said: “We come in to town regularly and used the one in Newport Street.

“There are many things you can buy in there you can’t get anywhere else for the same money.

“It’s cheaper to buy things like sugar there than at any of the big supermarkets.”

Mr Walker added: “You can’t blame people for shopping in there when money is as tight as it is. All right, the town centre is not what it used to be, but we find it easy to come in here and buy things from there.”

Suzann Murphy hailed the low cost of Poundland’s products after leaving the shop.

“I think it is a valuable addition to what the town centre can offer,” she said.

“I don’t care about people who look down their noses at pound shops.


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“It sells things that lots of people need, cheaper than anywhere else. I went in for baby stuff and sweets. And they had bacon fries, which I couldn’t get from any other shop.”

Mother-of-three Leoni Kelly was visiting a Poundland outlet for the first time, and said: “It’s a fine looking shop. It’s bright, clean and doesn’t really feel like a discount store at all — until you get to the till.”

Poundland was launched 23 years ago by Dave Dodd and Stephen Smith, specialising in kitchenware, gifts, healthcare and other products.

Its chief executive is James McCarthy who left his role as managing director at Sainsbury’s to take over from Mr Dodd in 2006.

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12:05pm Fri 7 Mar 14

MarkAllRead says...

"Are you impressed by Poundland's claim to be the only shop in the UK not to have changed its prices in the last 23 years?"

Do people really fall for this?
"Are you impressed by Poundland's claim to be the only shop in the UK not to have changed its prices in the last 23 years?" Do people really fall for this? MarkAllRead
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12:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

graham26 says...

It will be successful uncless they put Counciller " Have not got a clue" Morris in charge
It will be successful uncless they put Counciller " Have not got a clue" Morris in charge graham26
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1:13pm Fri 7 Mar 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Come on cliff, no opening picture with you cutting the ribbon?
Are you getting a bit shy in your old age!
Come on cliff, no opening picture with you cutting the ribbon? Are you getting a bit shy in your old age! cliff4treasurer
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9:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

Exactly what a town hall square doesn't need, slap bang in front of a superb Victorian town hall. Morris and his clueless cronies would sell their grandmothers and kids if they could. So long as a retail unit, or units, are filled, Bolton MBC wouldn't care what kind of business were going to occupy the joint.

Walked past it today and it looks out of place, it's tacky and should be somewhere else away from the square. It's a blot on the landscape, another turd on the 'Bolton shoe sole'.
Exactly what a town hall square doesn't need, slap bang in front of a superb Victorian town hall. Morris and his clueless cronies would sell their grandmothers and kids if they could. So long as a retail unit, or units, are filled, Bolton MBC wouldn't care what kind of business were going to occupy the joint. Walked past it today and it looks out of place, it's tacky and should be somewhere else away from the square. It's a blot on the landscape, another turd on the 'Bolton shoe sole'. wsw69
  • Score: 5

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