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Poundland to create 30 jobs at second store in Lincoln city centre

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 01, 2011

  • Quids in: TV soap star Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle in Emmerdale, will open Poundland's new High Street store

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Thirty jobs will be created with the opening of a new Poundland shop in Lincoln.

TV soap star Mark Charnock, who plays Marlon Dingle in Emmerdale, will open the High Street store on Saturday, December 10.

A day of celebrations will include family entertainment at the discount retailer's location at the former Somerfield supermarket.

The shop, which is opposite Iceland near Lincoln Central station, has been boarded up since November 19.

From 10am, Mr Charnock will be giving out £1 vouchers, which shoppers can exchange for items in the store.

He will also be on hand to sign autographs and have photos taken with fans.

A DJ will play in the store and give away balloons and sweets.

Shoppers can take part in the Poundland Lucky Numbers game, where £100 worth of vouchers will be given away throughout the day.

Poundland's trading director, David Coxon, said he was delighted to be opening a second Poundland store in Lincoln.

"Poundland offers exceptional value on top branded products to over four million customers every week.

"The £1 price hasn't changed since we opened our first store 21 years ago.

"Our current customers love us and we are sure the Lincoln shoppers will too."

As reported in the Echo, the Somerfield outlet closed last month after experiencing poor sales.

Poundland has more than 360 stores nationwide and sells all products for £1.

It already has a store at 233-236 High Street. The company confirmed that this business would remain open. The Lincoln shop is one of 50 opening during the 2011-2012 financial year, in an expansion that will create 2,000 new jobs across the UK.

The re-fit is being completed by Lincoln-based Ultimate Retail Solutions.

The firm's managing director Steve Wilson said: "This is a great opportunity to demonstrate what we offer to retail businesses and it's in our home town which is brilliant.

"We are providing a complete refurbishment package ready for the store opening in December."

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  • Adrian1208  |  December 01 2011, 10:37PM

    They say it's created 30 jobs, what they mean is 30 jobs earning an unlivable mininum wage!!! Some Jobs

  • Rhoda_Clapp  |  December 01 2011, 10:01PM

    Not often I agree with HongKongPhuey, but it must be better to have a shop in use, particularly in a prime location. And Poundland pay far more in business rates than a charity shop. Business is tight right now. Let's not knock a possible job creator.

  • RubberRicky  |  December 01 2011, 5:23PM

    Good to see a bit of investment in a store that has ultimately failed for a few businesses now. Still remember MVC being there not so long ago.

  • mrpdoff  |  December 01 2011, 2:33PM

    Up market businesses for an up market city?

  • FreedomSpeech  |  December 01 2011, 11:04AM

    "if you want to encourage businesses into an area they will want to see other up market businesses sharing the High street with it." I'm not a patron of Pound Stores, but are you saying that these "up market businesses" would be more encouraged into the area by a boarded up, run down, vacant unit?

  • FreedomSpeech  |  December 01 2011, 10:56AM

    "if you want to encourage businesses into an area they will want to see other up market businesses sharing the High street with it." Are you saying that these "up market businesses" would be more encouraged into the area by a boarded up, run down, vacant unit?

  • pipthecynical  |  December 01 2011, 10:38AM

    bigbarry1 I think you miss the point, if you want to encourage businesses into an area they will want to see other up market businesses sharing the High street with it. So the very fact that there two pound shops less than 1 mile away from each other will no doubt detract from any higher market ventures entering Lincoln, and as a result INVESTMENT opportunities are lost.

  • bigbarry1  |  December 01 2011, 9:29AM

    Very good news for the 30 or so people who will now have a job! We should be welcoming ANY NEW INVESTMENT in Lincoln and not decrying it!

  • examiner2  |  December 01 2011, 9:18AM

    That will keep the factories in china in full flow !

  • TB789  |  December 01 2011, 9:12AM

    Apart from the odd clothes shop in M&S there is no reason (or draw) for me to ever visit the centre of Lincoln. It's grim.

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