A NEW Poundland is set to open in Workington town centre, just a few months after another major retail chain opened their doors opposite the unit.

Poundland has announced they will open their doors in the former H and M unit on 3 Risman Place, Workington in the Washington Square Shopping Centre.

The announcement comes just weeks after TK Maxx have opened their doors in the former Debenhams store, directly opposite the unit in Workington town centre.

Poundland confirmed last week it intends to open or relocate 75 stores over the three months to the end of December - the largest three month growth programme in its history.

The programme covers both its existing pipeline of new stores and the former Wilko stores it has already opened, or plans to open, as new Poundland stores.

All new Poundland stores – both Wilko and non-Wilko units – will carry the extensive grocery, household and general merchandise ranges customers expect. They will also feature the very latest Pepco family clothing that has rolled out to 500-plus of Poundland’s existing UK and Ireland stores.

Austin Cooke, Poundland’s managing director said: “To open 75 stores in the space of a single quarter is nothing short of a super-human effort from every member of the Poundland team. To each and every one of them I say ‘thank you’.

“But we’re working at this pace because we’re on a mission – ambitious to grow, create jobs and serve new places by opening shops customers and communities can be proud of.”

The new store is expected to open in early December, as the company hopes to relocate into the store before Christmas.

Work has already began in the unit with fittings and work already taking place in the store to welcome the company into town.