Poundland has revealed that another 26 of its stores which have been closed throughout the coronavirus crisis are set to reopen.

The discount retailer said trade will resume in the stores again this week after 51 shops reopened last week.

Poundland said that while it had kept most of its stores open for essential shopping, about 100 were temporarily shut in March.

The closed shops were largely where there was another Poundland nearby or where shopping centres found it difficult to remain open, it added.

Managing director of Poundland Barry Williams said: “As an essential retailer, we’ve continued to support customers in hundreds of towns – especially those who manage their budgets week-to-week and find it difficult to bulk buy.

“And our store colleagues have done much more than their day job. They’ve also played a vital role, delivering care packages to other frontline workers and those in need in their communities.

“But even though we’ve kept serving customers, we know we’re at our best as part of a vibrant thriving high street and that’s why we’re looking forward to our neighbours reopening in the coming weeks.

“Healthy town centres are the lifeblood of our economy and our communities.

“It may have been tough for many retailers before this crisis and it’s more important than ever that we make sure we encourage customers to say hi to their high streets as we return to business-as-unusual.”

Poundland said it was working closely with shopping centre landlords to reopen the last of its closed stores as soon as possible.

What health and safety measures will be in place?

The reopened stores will have “robust” health and safety measures in place like all the stores that have remained open, it added.

These include door marshals, floor markers to help maintain social distancing, perspex screens at checkouts and no self-checkouts.

Poundland also said that staff will be expected to wash their hands every 20 minutes and key surfaces will be wiped down every hour.

The Poundland stores that will reopen are:

  • Barrow in Furness, Hindpool Retail Park
  • Bedford
  • Bletchley, Brunel Shopping Centre
  • Carlisle, Scotch Street
  • Chester, Old Sealand Retail Park
  • Christchurch
  • Crewe
  • Droylsden
  • Gateshead, Team Valley Retail Park
  • Hammersmith, King Street
  • Ilford, The Mall
  • King’s Lynn, Vancouver Shopping Centre
  • Luton, 133 The Mall
  • Newport, Spytty Retail Park
  • Nottingham, Chilwell Retail Park
  • Ormskirk, Two Saints Retail Park
  • Oswestry
  • Pontefract
  • Rotherham, Parkgate Retail Park
  • Selly Oak Retail Park
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Swansea, Fforestfach Retail Park
  • Whitehaven
  • Wick Retail Park
  • Yardley, Swan Shopping Centre
  • York, Monks Cross Retail Park

Here are all the stores which opened on May 18:

  • Ayr, Central Shopping Centre
  • Basildon, Eastgate Shopping Centre
  • Belfast, Castlecourt Shopping Centre
  • Bootle
  • Bradford, Westfield Shopping Centre
  • Chatham, Pentagon Shopping Centre
  • Colchester, St Johns Shopping Centre
  • Cork, Merchant Quay Centre (Dealz)
  • Doncaster, Wheatley Retail Park
  • Dublin, Mary Street (Dealz)
  • Eastleigh, Swan Shopping Centre
  • Enniskillen, Erneside Shopping Centre
  • Gateshead, MetroCentre
  • Great Yarmouth, Regent Road
  • Harrogate
  • Harrow, St Anns Road
  • Ipswich, Carr Street
  • Kendal
  • Kingston upon Thames, Wheatfield Way
  • Lowestoft, Britten Shopping Centre
  • Maidstone, Chequers Shopping Centre
  • Mansfield, Four Seasons Shopping Centre
  • Milton Keynes Centre
  • Mullingar, Fairgreen Centre (Dealz)
  • Newport, Gwent - Kingsway Centre
  • Newry, Buttercrane Shopping Centre
  • Newry, Quays Shopping Centre
  • Northampton, Gold Street
  • Norwich, Castle Mall
  • Romford, Brewery Retail Park
  • Shrewsbury
  • Southend, Royals Shopping Centre
  • Sunderland, High Street West
  • Thurrock, Lakeside
  • Waltham, Abbey Retail Park
  • Wembley, High Road