The chain said outlets across the UK would go into “hibernation” after closing on Saturday, to allow the company to focus on department stores in consolidated areas.
It follows an 80% drop in attendance since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, after shopping malls and main streets were forced to close.
If so, colleagues in hibernating stores will be put on leave, the company said.
Austin Cooke, director of retail for Poundland, said: “We learned valuable lessons during the March lockdown on how buying habits are changing as people stick to government advice. stay home.
“Putting a small number of stores into hibernation helps protect them in the long term and focus our attention on the majority of stores that remain open to serve their neighborhoods.
“We hope this lockdown will be short and we can reopen our hibernating stores as quickly as possible and we remain grateful for the vital support programs that help us protect jobs.”
About 800 Poundland stores will remain open, the company said.
Closure of the first 44 stores in Poundland
The following branches will be temporarily closed as of Sunday January 10.
- Newark, St Marks Place
- Londonderry Ferryquay Street NI
- Grantham, Centre Isaac Newton,
- Promenade d’Eden de Kingston upon Thames
- Mansfield Four Seasons SC
- Harlow Harvey SC
- Lowestoft Britten SC
- Rue Colchester Culver
- Ipswich Sailmakers SC
- Ayr High Street
- Norwich Castle Shopping Center
- Workington Campbell-Savors Way
- Newmarket, The Guineas SC
- Rue Carlisle Scotch
- Luton 31 The Mall SC
- Dumfries, Loreburne SC
- Belfast Castlecourt SC NI
- Glasgow Union Street
- Newry Buttercrane SC NI
- Falkirk Howgate SC
- Enniskillen Erneside SC NI
- Edinburgh Princes Street
- Newry Quays SC NI
- Perth St Johns SC
- Main Street of Inverness
- Cardiff 121, rue Queens
- Kirkcaldy Mercat SC
- Bridgwater Angel Place SC
- Cramlington Manor Walks SC
- Burnley 82 Charter Walk SC
- Middlesbrough Capitaine Cook Square SC
- Centre Preston Fishergate
- Durham Riverwalk SC
- Rochdale Exchange SC
- Beverley Flemingate SC
- Chester Frodsham Street
- Farnham The Borough
- Bootle Strand SC
- Fareham Market Quay
- Rue Solihull High
- Fareham Whiteley SC
- Walk in Newcastle under Lyme Castle
- Rue Crewe Market
- Merry Hill SC
What counts as an essential retailer?
Businesses across England have been ordered to shut down under new national lockdown measures related to the new Covid-19 variant.
This means people should stay at home except for essential travel and exercise.
Hairdressers, spas, zoos, hotels, golf courses, cafes and cinemas are now closed until mid-February, as are gyms and beauty salons.
However, essential retailers such as supermarkets and drugstores can remain open, as can garden centers and merchant builders.
Places of worship can also be open for individual prayer and community services, but they must obey social distancing rules and people can only attend with household members and the supportive bubble.
Zoos and other animal attractions must close again.
Outdoor sports venues, including gyms and tennis courts, are also closed until mid-February.
Outdoor team sports will not be permitted.
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But which companies are allowed to stay open?
- Food stores, including unlicensed, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centers, building dealers and suppliers of construction products
- Market stalls selling essential items
- Repair shops
- Gas stations, car washes, vehicle repair and roadworthiness services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle rental companies
- Banks, real estate companies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer companies
- Funeral directors
- Laundromats and dry cleaners
- Medical and dental services
- Veterinarians and pet stores
- Animal rescue centers, boarding houses and animal groomers
- Farm supply stores
- Mobility and disability assistance shops
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
- Outdoor play areas
- Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
- Places of worship
- Crematoriums and cemeteries
“It is clear that we need to do more together to bring this variant under control while our vaccines are deployed,” Boris Johnson said, announcing the measures on Tuesday.
The latest lockout will see more than 550,000 business closures in England, according to real estate advisor Altus Group.
The company said that included 401,690 non-essential stores, 64,537 pubs or restaurants, 20,703 personal care facilities and 7,051 gyms or recreation centers.