Poundland to open new store on Northampton retail park

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Budget retailer Poundland has unveiled plans to open a large new store on a Northampton retail park.

The company opened its first Northampton branch in Abington Street in 2006.

It has now revealed plans to convert the former Comet store on the Riverside Retail Park into a shop which the firm says is needed to serve Northampton’s eastern district.

Documents submitted to Northampton Borough Council said: “While there is an existing Poundland within Northampton town centre, which importantly is to be retained, residents in the east of the borough will benefit from further choice.”

In Northamptonshire, Poundland currently has stores in Northampton town centre, Corby and Kettering.

When the current Northamton branch was opened by the then Mayor of Northampton, Sally Beardsworth, in 2006, it was the store’s 150th branch. The company now has a total of 450 branches.

Discussing the need for two separate stores in Northampton, the planning documents added: “While other Poundland stores operate from town centre and retail park locations, there is presently only one outlet within the borough, in the town centre.

“Poundland will retain this store for its Northampton town centre catchment, but requires a new location to serve the catchment to the east of Northampton.”

Officials from Northampton Borough Council’s planning department will decide whether or not Poundland’s Riverside Retail Park development can go ahead during November.