POUNDLAND will undergo a full makeover this month after taking over the former Wilko unit in Leigh town centre.

After Wilko fell into administration in September, Poundland made the switch from Bradshawgate into its rival competitor's unit on Lord Street, which still contains some signage from the fallen retailer.

Wilko's collapse resulted in 400 stores closing across the country last year, with thousands of people losing their jobs

Many of the discount stores were converted into other stores such as B&M and Poundland, with Leigh's unit set to be fully transformed by Saturday, January 27.

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Leigh's Poundland will be one of the first 11 stores to be refurbished, which plan to give the units an up-to-date and modern makeover, complete with new signage and improved staff areas.

Poundland bosses say that the makeovers will accommodate a comprehensive range of products in the stores, including chilled and frozen food, clothing and homewares ranges, as well as baby and kids clothing.

The introduction of chilled food will also see these stores bring Poundland’s market-leading £3 meal deal alongside the popular frozen food ranges.

Poundland retail director Darren Kay said: “Customers have reacted positively to the re-opening of these former Wilko stores as Poundlands in 2023, but as we said at the time, each were only beginning their Poundland journeys.

“Through this new investment, we’ll give each of these stores a top-to-bottom makeover to make them the best Poundland stores they can be.

"I’d like to thank customers for bearing with us as we make changes in these stores and we can’t wait to re-launch them over the next few weeks.

"Over the past five years, Poundland has undertaken a range revolution in its stores. Other new categories alongside clothing and homewares, include chilled and frozen food giving customers an alternative to supermarkets."