Discount retailer moves into Dorchester

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DISCOUNT retailer Poundland has confirmed it is setting up shop in Dorchester .

The chain, which has over 400 stores nationwide, had widely been expected to take up the current Wellchester store when it closes its doors.

The exact opening date is still to be confirmed, as is the number of jobs the new Poundland will create.

Poundland’s trading director David Coxon said: “Poundland has grown significantly over the past 12 months and it’s fantastic to see this expansion continuing with a new store in Dorchester.

“We’re looking forward to opening our doors.”

Wellchester, one of Dorchester’s flagship stores, announced earlier this summer that it was to close.

It was originally set up as Wellworths back in 2009 in the wake of the collapse of Woolworths.

Former Woolworths Saturday girl Claire Robertson and her team attracted national publicity as DJ Chris Evans attended the launch.

Manager Claire left her position in June to set up her own consultancy firm and the store announced it was closing the following month.

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12:17pm Sat 1 Sep 12

dave.flowers says...

YAY, another **** pound shop, what ever next perhaps a sex shop!!!!
YAY, another **** pound shop, what ever next perhaps a sex shop!!!! dave.flowers
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12:46pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Duckorange says...

dave.flowers wrote:
YAY, another **** pound shop, what ever next perhaps a sex shop!!!!
Don't be daft. Nobody in Dorchester does ...err... Thingie
[quote][p][bold]dave.flowers[/bold] wrote: YAY, another **** pound shop, what ever next perhaps a sex shop!!!![/p][/quote]Don't be daft. Nobody in Dorchester does ...err... Thingie Duckorange
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2:44pm Sat 1 Sep 12

CoogarUK.com says...

Oh dear. You've heard of the phrase "tit for tat" now we have "tat for tat". Another sad day for Dorchester's town centre.
Oh dear. You've heard of the phrase "tit for tat" now we have "tat for tat". Another sad day for Dorchester's town centre. CoogarUK.com
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5:25pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Presstostop says...

Dorchester had its own sex shop back in the 1980's, I think it was called Six North Square.
Dorchester had its own sex shop back in the 1980's, I think it was called Six North Square. Presstostop
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9:41pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Dorset Guy1 says...

What did you all expect when WDDC gave the go ahead to Brewery Square ?
What did you all expect when WDDC gave the go ahead to Brewery Square ? Dorset Guy1
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3:11pm Sun 2 Sep 12

Bollard says...

Nothing wrong with Poundland. At least they charge realistic prices for their tat unlike other retailers who charge a fortune for the same tat.
Nothing wrong with Poundland. At least they charge realistic prices for their tat unlike other retailers who charge a fortune for the same tat. Bollard
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10:32am Mon 3 Sep 12

snowleopard says...

Yeovil has a Poundshop and a NinetynineP shop so watch out for next big store closure in Dorchester as there could be low price competition.
Mind you I still think The Range was Wellworths downfall.
Yeovil has a Poundshop and a NinetynineP shop so watch out for next big store closure in Dorchester as there could be low price competition. Mind you I still think The Range was Wellworths downfall. snowleopard
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3:28pm Mon 3 Sep 12

scubadude says...

"The Range" Thats gotta be a contradiction if I ever heard one, single most useless shop I've ever been in- everything on sale was slightly less good than you'd dare to buy despite the prices, makes Wellworths look classy!
"The Range" Thats gotta be a contradiction if I ever heard one, single most useless shop I've ever been in- everything on sale was slightly less good than you'd dare to buy despite the prices, makes Wellworths look classy! scubadude
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10:12pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Get a grip says...

Well the snobs of Dorchester will have difficulty with this one, not really the market town image they like to portray.
Well the snobs of Dorchester will have difficulty with this one, not really the market town image they like to portray. Get a grip
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7:43pm Tue 4 Sep 12

Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...

scubadude wrote:
"The Range" Thats gotta be a contradiction if I ever heard one, single most useless shop I've ever been in- everything on sale was slightly less good than you'd dare to buy despite the prices, makes Wellworths look classy!
Poundland announced a 27% increase in profits in July- that is profit, NOT turnover.
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This article in the Telegraph indicates that more middle class shoppers are visiting Poundland- http://www.telegraph
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It will do very, very well in Dorchester.
[quote][p][bold]scubadude[/bold] wrote: "The Range" Thats gotta be a contradiction if I ever heard one, single most useless shop I've ever been in- everything on sale was slightly less good than you'd dare to buy despite the prices, makes Wellworths look classy![/p][/quote]Poundland announced a 27% increase in profits in July- that is profit, NOT turnover. . This article in the Telegraph indicates that more middle class shoppers are visiting Poundland- http://www.telegraph .co.uk/finance/newsb ysector/retailandcon sumer/9373095/Cut-pr ice-cool-now-means-n o-ones-too-posh-for- Poundland.html# . It will do very, very well in Dorchester. Is it me or is everything rubbish?
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9:00am Wed 5 Sep 12

Merrittpr says...

Poundland is thriving as it undercuts many retailers, hence it's quick expansion and credible profits. When open it will be widely used on price and value alone. I think it will be good for the high street as it will attract shoppers in. Why go to Superdrug, for example, and pay £1.50 for something you can get for a pound. When the work is complete in Brewery Square the town will be even more vibrant. Dorchester has enough older buildings with character for the two to exist together. I'd I lived in Dorchester I'd be welcoming the changes to boost the local economy. Times change, and with the ever increasing demise of many high street shops, it's good that Poundland will there to ply its trade. With the new cinema and restaurants I just feel that Weymouth may lose even more of its out of holiday season trade.
Poundland is thriving as it undercuts many retailers, hence it's quick expansion and credible profits. When open it will be widely used on price and value alone. I think it will be good for the high street as it will attract shoppers in. Why go to Superdrug, for example, and pay £1.50 for something you can get for a pound. When the work is complete in Brewery Square the town will be even more vibrant. Dorchester has enough older buildings with character for the two to exist together. I'd I lived in Dorchester I'd be welcoming the changes to boost the local economy. Times change, and with the ever increasing demise of many high street shops, it's good that Poundland will there to ply its trade. With the new cinema and restaurants I just feel that Weymouth may lose even more of its out of holiday season trade. Merrittpr
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9:05am Wed 5 Sep 12

Merrittpr says...

dave.flowers wrote:
YAY, another **** pound shop, what ever next perhaps a sex shop!!!!
No need for this there are loads absolutely thriving on the Internet, it's an ever expanding market. They have such a great returns policy that there is no need for a retail outlet on the high street, you can return whatever you like on some.....allegedly..
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[quote][p][bold]dave.flowers[/bold] wrote: YAY, another **** pound shop, what ever next perhaps a sex shop!!!![/p][/quote]No need for this there are loads absolutely thriving on the Internet, it's an ever expanding market. They have such a great returns policy that there is no need for a retail outlet on the high street, you can return whatever you like on some.....allegedly.. ... Merrittpr
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1:34pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Fred Kite says...

workfare!
workfare! Fred Kite
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