A Poundworld store is coming to Grantham and is due to open in early April, creating 30 jobs.
Poundworld – where everything is £1 – will move into the store where Brantano was based on the Sankt Augustin Retail Park, next door to another discount store, Home Bargains.
Brantano has closed with the loss of 10 jobs. The business went into administration earlier this year. The receivers managed to save some stores, but the Grantham store could not be rescued.
Poundworld confirmed that all the shoe shop’s former staff will be given the opportunity to apply for a role at its new store, with jobs ranging from supervisors to sales assistants and management.
Meanwhile, a further 16 jobs have been created with the arrival of Italian chain restaurant Prezzo. It will open in St Peter’s Hill, next to Costa, on Thursday.
A Poundworld spokeswoman said: “We’re excited to open a Poundworld in Grantham this April and we look forward to welcoming Grantham shoppers.”
More ‘poundshops’ in the town is not very aspirational, but that’s where we are at the moment.Darren Joint, GBC chairman
The store will sell a large range of more than 5,000 items, with savings on well-known brands.
Although its arrival has been welcomed by some, many are disappointed to see another budget store opening up in the town.
One leading figure with mixed views is chairman of Grantham Business Club, Darren Joint.
He said that while he would not protest against a new business like Poundworld coming into town, he wanted to see more high quality business setting up here.
Mr Joint, managing director of Viking Signs, said: “The business club is trying to promote business set-up and business innovation of a high value in the town.
“More ‘poundshops’ in the town is not very aspirational, but that’s where we are at the moment.”
The Journal broke the news of the chain’s plans for Grantham online, provoking an outpouring of opinion on social media. The overwhelming majority reacted with disappointment.
Tara Zachowicz said: “We already have at least four discount stores and already have a Poundland. Oh dear.”
Visit Grantham posted a picture of the empty Designer Fabric Warehouse premises on Westgate and Tweeted: “Surely a town centre site makes more sense.”
However, the chain’s move into Grantham has been fully welcomed by the leader of South Kesteven District Council, Bob Adams, who is also the council’s executive member for growth.
He said: “Any national retailer or local independent business that is willing to open their doors in South Kesteven can only be of benefit to local people and the local economy.
“Additional businesses mean additional jobs and places for consumers to spend money which benefits our towns and our residents.”
Grantham JobCentre says it is supporting recruitment for the town’s Poundworld store.
It says retail assistants will receive the national minimum wage and supervisor pay will be £7.70 an hour.
Retail assistant contracts will be for 16 hours per week while supervisor contracts will be for 32 hours per week.
Applicants should have retail or customer service experience and roles include customer service, tills, stock control and merchandising.
To apply for a position at the new store email your CV and covering message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initial interviews will be carried out at Grantham JobCentre on Tuesday, March 22. Applications must be received by Monday, March 21.
Poundworld has more than 300 outlets in the country. The chain was founded in Yorkshire in 1974.