Poundland to take over Dorchester's Wellchester store

Dorset Echo: The Wellchester store set to become a Poundland The Wellchester store set to become a Poundland

BUDGET store Poundland is expected to set up shop in Dorchester.

The national chain is expected to take up the South Street store occupied by one of the county town’s flagship independent retailers, Wellchester.

A closing down sale is currently taking place at Wellchester, which attracted national headlines when it was set up in the former Woolworths store three years ago, and it is expected to close later this month.

West Dorset District Council has now received a planning application from Poundland to put up new signage on the soon to be vacant store.

Project director for the Dorchester BID (Business Improvement District) Phil Gordon said it was difficult to tell how popular the Poundland store would be in the county town but he was glad that the store was being taken up by someone.

He said: “It is obviously a very successful brand elsewhere in the UK.

“I would certainly have Poundland over an empty shop any day.”

Poundland would become the fourth new addition to Dorchester’s high street, with Steam Trading cook shop and Crew Clothing Co opening their doors in South Street this week and a new jewellers and pawnbrokers, 2 Kings, due to open in the street.

Mr Gordon said: “I’m absolutely delighted to see over the last few months there has been a lot of activity in improving the streetscape with yet more shops coming to Dorchester.

“What I’m particularly pleased with is the fact that quite a lot of money has been spent on actually refurbishing the buildings and improving the look.

“We definitely had an additional tourist attraction with Wellchester in the high street but I think Dorchester has a huge amount to offer in its current state.”

Poundland confirmed it was looking to expand into new stores but said it could not confirm anything until the final plans had been agreed.

A spokesman for the chain said: “Poundland is currently considering the acquisition of new stores to add to those already opened this year.

“The stringent acquisition process ensures the new stores are positioned in the right location and fit Poundland’s customer profile.”

She added: “Due to the popularity of Poundland’s product ranges, the organisation is keen not to raise anticipation for a new store before plans are finalised.

“Therefore, Poundland cannot disclose any more information at this stage.

“As soon as all details have been confirmed, Poundland will immediately release this information to the area in question.”

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2:35pm Tue 14 Aug 12

unexpected error says...

Wish it was Wilkinsons.
Wish it was Wilkinsons. unexpected error
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4:22pm Tue 14 Aug 12

3rdAccount says...

Great! LIDL, Poundland, all we need now is a Cash Converters and Primark to complete the fab four......
Great! LIDL, Poundland, all we need now is a Cash Converters and Primark to complete the fab four...... 3rdAccount
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5:01pm Tue 14 Aug 12

a1walpole says...

Poundland is far to upmarket for little ol dorchester
Poundland is far to upmarket for little ol dorchester a1walpole
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6:32pm Tue 14 Aug 12

Duckorange says...

Will Chris Evans be coming down to cut the ribbon?
Will Chris Evans be coming down to cut the ribbon? Duckorange
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9:53am Wed 15 Aug 12

dorset & proud says...

But will they do pick 'n' mix?!
But will they do pick 'n' mix?! dorset & proud
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11:16pm Wed 15 Aug 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Unsurprising really. Tat replacing tat.
Unsurprising really. Tat replacing tat. CoogarUK.com
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11:17pm Wed 15 Aug 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Unsurprising really. Tat replacing tat.
Unsurprising really. Tat replacing tat. CoogarUK.com
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12:58pm Sat 18 Aug 12

Bailey25 says...

I wish it was becoming a Primark! I know that's equally tacky but we are desperately short of shops selling kids clothes in Dorch.
I wish it was becoming a Primark! I know that's equally tacky but we are desperately short of shops selling kids clothes in Dorch. Bailey25
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7:11pm Sun 26 Aug 12

captainwizard says...

I think a poundland will be great. It make sense for the size of the shop and to replace what was there before.

I wish it was a Primark though. We need a real clothes shop in Dorchester rather than the current 'tone of the town' expensive rubbish which we currently have. I have a baby 5 weeks away I could do with somewhere to get cheap clothes regularly. Will have to keep popping to poole or weymouth for large supplies while popping to our much loved babybirds for other bits and bobs.

Another things we could do with is some form of entertainment shop - how about a HMV or a CeX? After our sad loss of Game most of us are forced to have to order online for any Games or DVDs or at a stretch have to leave the town centre to Currys or Tesco to see their limited selection. It's sad to feel that my only regular visit in our high street is to Toymaster :-(
I think a poundland will be great. It make sense for the size of the shop and to replace what was there before. I wish it was a Primark though. We need a real clothes shop in Dorchester rather than the current 'tone of the town' expensive rubbish which we currently have. I have a baby 5 weeks away I could do with somewhere to get cheap clothes regularly. Will have to keep popping to poole or weymouth for large supplies while popping to our much loved babybirds for other bits and bobs. Another things we could do with is some form of entertainment shop - how about a HMV or a CeX? After our sad loss of Game most of us are forced to have to order online for any Games or DVDs or at a stretch have to leave the town centre to Currys or Tesco to see their limited selection. It's sad to feel that my only regular visit in our high street is to Toymaster :-( captainwizard
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8:08am Mon 3 Sep 12

nanna2012 says...

we need primark maybe when mother care goes we all might have our wish granted like alot of you i go to poole to get clothes in primark and hmv for cds and dvds poundland will be great as its cheep and cheerfull and not another 2nd hand shop or pub or cafe
we need primark maybe when mother care goes we all might have our wish granted like alot of you i go to poole to get clothes in primark and hmv for cds and dvds poundland will be great as its cheep and cheerfull and not another 2nd hand shop or pub or cafe nanna2012
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