Wednesday, July 20, 2011

News: Discount UK take former M&S unit in Rotherham

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Rotherham town centre has provided another example that it is bucking the national retail trend after it was revealed that Discount UK is to take the former Marks & Spencer's retail unit on College Street.

Discount UK is the new brand from Yorkshire company Poundworld and is described as a modern-day Woolworths but with a better range and a more vibrant look. It will offer shoppers discount brands from £1 to £25, including DIY items, kitchenware, pet products, bedding and smaller electrical goods.

The retailer looks set to take the whole of the 23,000 sq ft, two floor property and use the ground floor for retail. The building was last occupied by Hitchens and the front of the unit has more recently been used to display artwork featuring photographs of Rotherham's independent stores.

Recruitment for retail assistants and supervisors through Job Centre Plus took place in May and attracted hundreds of applications. The advert indicated that the store would open in August 2011.

Plans for a new shopfront and signage have been submitted and some shop-fitting has taken place.

Poundworld was initially founded as a multi price retailer under the name of Bargain Centre in 1974. It has grown rapidly and undergone a number of re-brands. They currently operate over 100 Poundworld stores and target 150 by the end of the year. The group opened the first Dicount UK store in Leeds in 2010 and are targeting 15 stores by the end of the year.

Discount UK website
Rotherham town centre website

Images: Poundworld Retail Ltd

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