Giant Poundland to open in former Grimsby BHS unit - and it's happening very soon

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 Mar 2018

Poundland will open a giant store in the old BHS unit in Freshney Place next month.

The discount retailer has confirmed it will close its current Freshney Place store and the one on Osborne Street and move into the huge space along with budget fashion chain Pep&Co. 

The two stores will merge to form a giant super store in a bid to rival Primark with aims of becoming a major player on the high street. 

A spokeperson for Poundland told The Grimsby Telegraph: "We’re excited to be relocating to better premises in Grimsby this April and breathing new life into an empty BHS location. 

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"With the space to bring Britain's fastest growing fashion brand Pep&Co to the new Poundland store, fashion will once more be at the heart of that Victoria Street store.”

The former BHS store in Victoria Street, Grimsby which is set to become a Poundland and Pep&Co store.

The move is part of a national roll-out of 91 Pep&Co stores, whose catchphrase is 'Spend a little, get a lot'.

The company, which sells clothes aimed at young mums on a budget, has been created by former Asda Chief Andy Bond. 

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Speaking about the new dual offering of Poundland and Pep&Co, Poundland's UK & Ireland managing director Barry Williams, has said: "We're working flat out to make sure as many Poundland shoppers have access to Pep&Co by this summer.

"Pep&Co gives shoppers a major new reason to shop in our stores that we already know is a hit with our customers." 

A Poundland and Pep&Co store which has recently opened in Derby. The same will open in April at the former BHS store in Grimsby.

BHS was sold by Sir Phillip Green for £1 in 2016, and later collapsed due to a £571 million pension deficit, leading to the closure of its 163 stores nationwide.

The Grimsby branch had been a part of the town since 1974, occupying one of the largest retail units in the town centre. 

Poundland and Pep&Co are joining forces to create super store branches across the UK, including here in Grimsby.

However it has stood vacant since its closure, unlike many other former branches throughout the UK which have since been transformed into other retailers as well as luxury apartments. 

Freshney Place have been contacted for a comment. 

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