Delay to work on discount store

An artist's impression of how the new Poundstretcher may look.
An artist's impression of how the new Poundstretcher may look.

THE OPENING of Scarborough’s newest high street discount store has been set back.

Poundstretcher announced in January that it was moving to the town, bringing with it 15 new jobs.

The discount giant outlined plans to move in to the empty two-storey 9,860sq ft unit in Westwood, with an opening date set for the end of February.

However work is yet to start on transforming the empty store, behind Comet.

Martin Collinson, spokesman for Poundstretcher said: “The opening has been pushed back. We now hope it will open towards the end of April.

“We are still waiting for some work to be done on the store.

“There is a about four or five weeks worth of development needed.

“At this stage we are still in the process of receiving quotes for the work.

“Be assured though we are still very much going ahead with the move to Scarborough. We clearly want to open as soon as possible so we can get the doors open and start trading.”

Poundstretcher, which sells a range of household and electrical items at discounted prices, has opened 50 stores in the last 18 months.

The unit it is moving to in Westwood has been empty since former occupant Factory Fabric Centre closed in February 2008.

Two managerial appointments have already been made, with a further 13 jobs to be created prior to the store opening.

The chain, which has almost 400 Poundstretcher stores nationwide, follows in the footsteps of national retailers Next at Home, Brantano Shoes, Greggs the Bakers, and Brighthouse, which all brought their businesses to Scarborough last year.