Poundland has temporarily closed 32 stores from today, putting their staff on furlough.

The discount retailer, which has stores across the country, sell a range of goods including food, home goods, groceries, craft and stationery items and other products.

According to shopworkers' trade union Usdaw, Poundland say the closures are being attributed to three different reasons.

These include the store being located in a retail park or centre which is being closed by the landlord or due to a business requirement, or there are a a number of stores in the area and closing will help to strealine distribution or there are not enough colleagues to staff the store.

Dave Gill – Usdaw National Officer says: “This is clearly a difficult time for shopworkers on the frontline of providing essential services during the Coronavirus emergency.

"We understand why the company feel the need to temporarily streamline the number of outlets and we have emphasised the need for furloughed workers to be volunteers. Usdaw continues in negotiations with the company, where we are calling for Poundland to top up the Government scheme, so that our members have no loss of income.”

The Poundland stores impacted are:

  • Nottingham - Chilwell Retail Park
  • Pontefract
  • Rotherham - Parkgate RP
  • Kings Lynn - Vancouver Shopping Centre
  • Meadowhall SC
  • Hammersmith - Kings Street
  • Farnham
  • Ilford - The Mall SC
  • Watford - 77 High Street
  • Whitehaven
  • Carlisle - Scotch Street
  • Wick RP
  • Gateshead Team Valley RP
  • York - Monks Cross RP
  • Barrow-in-Furness - Hindpool RP
  • Truro
  • Falmouth
  • Christchurch
  • Swansea - Fforestfach RP
  • Ebbw Vale FOC
  • Newport - Spytty RP
  • Droylsden
  • Ormskirk - Two Saints RP
  • Chester - Old Sealand RP
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Oswestry
  • Selly Oak RP
  • Crewe
  • Yardley - Swan SC
  • Manchester Arndale SC
  • Walsall - Saddlers SC
  • Birmingham - Corporation Street (small)