BURNLEY'S Charter Walk branch of Poundland is among 44 around the UK set to temporarily close its doors.

The company has described the move as 'temporary hibernation' despite the stores being classed as essential retailers and able to stay open during the new national lockdown.

This 'temporary hibernation' comes in response to an 80 per cent drop in footfall in some shopping centres and high streets as the UK face stricter restrictions following a rapid rise in coronavirus cases in the UK.

Poundland retail director Austin Cook said: “We learned valuable lessons during the lockdown in March about how buying patterns change as people stick to government advice to stay at home.

“Putting a small number of stores into hibernation helps protect them for the long term and focus our attention on the majority of stores that remain open to serve their neighbourhoods.

“We hope this lockdown is short and we can re-open our hibernating stores as quickly as possible and we remain grateful for the vital support schemes available to us that help protect jobs.”

The chain said outlets will be closing from Saturday, January 9 but stressed the majority of its 800+ stores will remain open for business.

In the majority of locations where Poundland branches will be closed, there is another store that remains open nearby, as in Burnley where the branch found on Princess Way Retail Park will remain open.

The company says that where possible, employees working in closed stores will be placed on furlough in an effort to protect those roles for the future.

Full list of temporarily closed Poundland branches:

Newark, St Marks Place

  • Derry Ferryquay Street NI
  • Grantham, Isaac Newton Centre,
  • Kingston upon Thames Eden Walk
  • Mansfield Four Seasons SC
  • Harlow Harvey SC
  • Lowestoft Britten SC
  • Colchester Culver Street
  • Ipswich Sailmakers SC
  • Ayr High Street
  • Norwich Castle Mall
  • Workington Campbell-Savours Way
  • Newmarket, The Guineas SC
  • Carlisle Scotch Street
  • Luton 31 The Mall SC
  • Dumfries, Loreburne SC
  • Belfast Castlecourt SC NI
  • Glasgow Union Street
  • Newry Buttercrane SC NI
  • Falkirk Howgate SC
  • Enniskillen Erneside SC NI
  • Edinburgh Princes Street
  • Newry Quays SC NI
  • Perth St Johns SC
  • Inverness High Street
  • Cardiff 121 Queens Street
  • Kirkcaldy Mercat SC
  • Bridgwater Angel Place SC
  • Cramlington Manor Walks SC
  • Burnley 82 Charter Walk SC
  • Middlesbrough Captain Cook Square SC
  • Preston Fishergate Centre
  • Durham Riverwalk SC
  • Rochdale Exchange SC
  • Beverley Flemingate SC
  • Chester Frodsham Street
  • Farnham The Borough
  • Bootle Strand SC
  • Fareham Market Quay
  • Solihull High Street
  • Fareham Whiteley SC
  • Newcastle under Lyme Castle Walk
  • Crewe Market St
  • Merry Hill SC