Published: 13:50, 03 November 2017
Bargain store Poundstretcher has revealed it will be opening in Sheerness next week.
The discount retailer will open in one of the High Street’s most prominent buildings, which was left empty by Store Twenty One when it closed in July after the company went into administration.
Before that, the premises were a Tesco supermarket and library.
The new store is set to open on Friday, November 10, following an overhaul of the building both inside and out. It has created about 23 jobs.
A Poundstretcher spokesman said: “We look forward to offering our customers in Sheerness a huge range of products from food, toiletries and household cleaning to homewares, seasonal products and petcare, all at amazing prices.
“The team is working hard to deliver an outstanding shopping experience for our new customers with great service and an enjoyable shopping environment, right in the heart of the community.”
He added: “We have exciting new products arriving all the time and with Christmas fast approaching there couldn’t be a better time to be opening the new store.”
Poundstretcher was established in 1981 and now has more than 400 stores across the country.
Retired businessman Brian Spoor, who chairs the Sheerness Town Team, has welcomed the new store.
He said: “Obviously a Primark would have made people happier but beggars can’t be choosers and Poundstretcher is a national chain – a very successful one at that. At the end of the day, it’s better than having a scruffy, empty shop in the High Street.”
He added: “I have been in a Poundstretcher before and it’s very similar to Wilko. It’s not a pound shop as such, it just gives better value for money.”
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