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Poundworld To Open On Peel Street

Monday October 13 2014




A NEW pound shop will open in Barnsley this week.

Poundworld will open on Peel Street at 10am on Thursday.

The Yorkshire-based company was launched in 2004 after rebranding and now has over 180 stores nationwide.

Around 30 new jobs have been created by the store's opening.

Chris Edwards Jr, trading director at Poundworld, said: "We’re delighted to be opening our very first store in Barnsley. Peel Street is in a fantastic location.

"We believe the new Poundworld store will be very well received by savvy shoppers in the town."

What do you think? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by bluesky on Monday October 13 2014 at 15:06
This says to me that Barnsley is considered to be low class, cheap and nonaspirational.

We need independent shops not cheap shops selling rubbish, afterall we have the markets for that....

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Monday October 13 2014 at 15:21
Bluesky@ you are so far away from the truth..

poundland has over 250 stores , 99p shop 100,s of stores, poundworld 100,s stores plus loads more cheaper stores. so I believe this is the state of the country and not just Barnsley and if customers didn,t need these they wouldn't be opening in every town.. signs of the times old boy and not just Barnsley.

Reply Posted by in response to my parrot on Monday October 13 2014 at 15:39
Dear parrot on my shoulder your totally missing the point ,Barnsley needs quality not quantity to attract shoppers into the town centre yours the true Guido Fawkes.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 08:35
I would beg to differ....

Pound World (run and owned by a Yorkshire lad by the way) has grown at an exponential rate over the last ten years.
In these austere times people want items at an affordable price and the pound shops fill that niche market rather nicely.
Not only that, long term the pound shops fill empty properties and create jobs.

Even Tory Harrogate now has TWO pound shops!

Reply Posted by GRIM on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 10:13
although i'd agree that it makes us look cheap, I would say the same about nonaspiratioal.
We have a high proportion of new independent businesses starting up in Barnley, with many new ones each year. Unfortunately, only shops closing or shops like this get the press, because they know it will stir up comments and traffic on this site.
There is lots of aspiration in the town. its just that the tools aren't always their to follow through.

Reply Posted by tracy on Monday October 13 2014 at 15:07
How many pound shop does one town need ?????

Reply Posted by jo on Monday October 13 2014 at 15:14
How many does Barnsley need ! It's not pound shops Barnsley needs it good quality shops there's nowhere to buy decent ladies clothes or gents as far has that goes , people are going elsewhere for their clothes because it's a waste of time!!

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Monday October 13 2014 at 15:22
All bodes well for the future of Barnsley,and its residents he says with tongue firmly impressed into cheek.

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday October 13 2014 at 15:29
pound land, pound world, 99p shop, cant beat em...69ers shop coming soon. watch this space..

Reply Posted by apple on Monday October 13 2014 at 15:33
all ready here bananas called ann summers

Reply Posted by Gaynor Kaye on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:00
Fantastic news. This is a great shop. Use it all the time in Parkgate and Rotherham. It will be good to finally get 1 in Barnsley.

Reply Posted by Montrose on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:03
How about a Debenhams, Victorias Secret, some decent kids shoe shops instead of the 'your only choice is here for decent kids shoes, AJ Simms', a bigger Primark, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Starbucks, a decent Next Homeware department....the list goes on! Realistically, it's never going to happen and it's worth the trip to Meadowhall! #getrealBMBC

Reply Posted by Charles on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:18
Wherever there are poor people in large numbers there will be pound shops and charity shops aplenty. If Barnsley council had made the effort in attracting businesses to the town and those companies then put decent wages and salaries into peoples pockets, the town would be attract a more normal and varied type of retailer. Until such time as the council 'get their finger out' there is really no hope.

Reply Posted by LV on Monday October 13 2014 at 20:25
Go travelling around the country, unless you go to a large city centre, you're going to see a lot of charity shops, pound shops and other bargain stores, even independent bargain stores such as "It's Incredible!" (also on peel street). Wake up, this is the norm!

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 08:37
@ Charles, not quite correct old bean, even "affluent" (Tory) Harrogate has TWO pound shops.

I do agree with your portion about the lack of vision on BMBC's part though.

Reply Posted by julie on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:21
We could do with some good quality children's shops and shoe shops instead of pound lands

Reply Posted by Matt on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:23
People do need to remember every town in the country has an assortment of pound shops, and Barnsley is no different.

Pound world is a better shop generally than the others, so it's good news. Let's face it Peel Street isn't the sort of place to attract high end retailers anyway.

Reply Posted by sarah on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:28
I shop in this one because the family who own it are yorkshire i wont use the others because theyre foreign owned im glad we are finally getting one as my nearest is Parkgate

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:29
Well said Montrose and Charles. What does it say when Mr popular himself (Houghton) says "We need to keep the market and have it as our main attraction"?

Bradford City fans got it right yesterday chanting "Barnsley's a ****hole, I want to go home"

Sums up what visitors and most of it's population thinks of our town Houghton!




Reply Posted by Tom on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:36
The people who say we need high end shops, independent shops, expensive restaurants and so on. Why?

People here are poor, they struggle to afford things in poundland for crying out loud. We need a 49p shop. We need jobs. We need cheaper housing. Not expensive shops.

Lower council house rents, higher wages, jobs in the first place. Then the shops will come, as the people of the town will have disposable income. At the minute, the poorest are being hit by council tax they cannot afford to pay, and taken to court, and having benefits reduced. We need to improve the lot of the poor by providing employment with decent wages, and ensuring the cost of living is low. Then once that is sorted out, other issuing arising fro the widespread poverty will sort themselves out.

Reply Posted by oh dear on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:58
People are so poor Tom that most folk from Barnsley go to places like Leeds and Meadowhall to shop and socialise. The town reflects this hence,that's why it's always like a ghost town.




Reply Posted by Charles on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:32
That's right, drag everyone down to the lowest possible level. The real answer is to give a hand up to the poorest in society. It is vitally important to improve economic standards not reduce them.

Reply Posted by hyhytrtrtrtrtrttrtr56@aol.com on Monday October 13 2014 at 16:44
As long as the councillors are happy to attract companies that only pay the min wage and make millions in profit ASOS. then im afraid more and more £ shops will be appearing in our town shortly..

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 08:39
I concur!

Reply Posted by bananas on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:10
whats up with folk.. its a nice shop and creating jobs.. Debenhams, Vicky secret. never going to happen.. dream on...

Reply Posted by Charles on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:29
If there was sufficient spending power in town, all major high street retailers would be queuing up to have a retail presence here.

Reply Posted by Yup on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:25
Correct, and that's why most folk from Barnsley will continue to shop elsewhere and not in a backward town.

Reply Posted by me on Monday October 13 2014 at 17:49
People of barnsley buy more cheap price rubbish that they dont need that falls apart in 2 minutes... oh and you might get some cheap cupasoups yippee! !! When will we see some stores selling decent stuff. Mad mix better than any pound shop. We should be supporting the locals and the market not poundland, world or any other junk shop.

Reply Posted by Chelle on Monday October 13 2014 at 18:13
I totally disagree with you Tom. Not all people in Barnsley are poor and some of us want the upper end shops like they have in Leeds and Sheffield. People say Costa Coffee is expensive yet it's never empty. Barnsley has enough affordable housing, look in the chronicle every week and the amount of houses that are under 100k. A mortgage for that is less than most rents.

Reply Posted by ali on Monday October 13 2014 at 18:15
I hate going into town and try to keep out. It's not just the shabbiness of it the main thing for me is all the swearing, spitting, shouting at children, drunks, smell of cannabis......... yeah other towns may have it too but they at least seem more balanced.

Reply Posted by Montrose on Monday October 13 2014 at 19:49
I beg to differ! Not everyone in Barnsley is poor! How about catering for everyone in the town and not continuously taking pity on the less fortunate. I'll stick to Leeds and Meadowhall, Barnsley is never going to catch up whilst ever Cllr Houghton is in power!

Reply Posted by ju on Monday October 13 2014 at 20:34
makes a change from another pub i suppose !!

Reply Posted by rainbow on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 02:10
Wish they would open a Pound-World-Pub, we could all plastered and forget all about the Council, the Government and all the other crap, and lets get happy.???

Reply Posted by Jai. on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 02:25
Hundreds turned up at Manvers for a job because hundreds want to earn a living. Get people working and everything will prosper and the big retailers will come too. At the moment the pound shop will help the needy.
Get work happening for Barnsley people. The councillors should meet and negotiate with big companies to set up business in Barnsley for all the people desperate for work. Start talking NOW.

Reply Posted by Si simpson on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 02:47
People in Barnsley are on varied incomes but you can't even go window shopping in Barnsley it's that poor , th pound store will bring jobs but Barnsley was a town where people travelled to from areas within a 30 mile radius now the town centre is full of foreigners and drug addicts it's a disgrace , I feel for the elderly walking through it , we need the continental markets and the market gets worse yearly on a brighter note we have plenty of past shops

Reply Posted by Chani on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 10:15
ive actually been into a pound world at harrogate. They're not cheap & full of tat! & not everything is a pound either lol. You can get some really good things from them

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 10:35
what you on about? QUOTE full of tat but you can get some really good things from them,, make your bloody mind up. IDIOT!!!

Reply Posted by adele on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 10:40
Really? Dont you think we have enough cheap tacky shops.

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 10:45
would you sooner the shops remain empty, at least this way it employs staff and doesn,t look an eyesore.. you can educate pork.

Reply Posted by Paul sanderson on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 16:25
Why do people come on here to slag stuff off and try to be funny?? It's because their hid behind a computer/mobile and don't have bottle in real life!!!!...nerds......pound shop is not the best news but it's another shop in town that's open and not got white wash windows......

Reply Posted by Anon on Tuesday October 14 2014 at 21:33
Barnsley is in the middle of change. I agree that the variety of shops has gone downhill in the town. Big high street stores will not come if there is no demand. This has been proved over the years with the disappearance of the Coop, BHS, Woollies, and many others with the recent Dorothy Perkins. The public show the demand and lifestyle choices with their feet. People say there's nothing to come to town for. Yet if we hadn't all flocked to meadow hall and white rose when they opened and stayed loyal to our town then maybe the shops would still be there providing jobs in the town. But we didn't stay loyal and we voted with our feet. The result bring a struggling town that gets used by those who cannot afford to follow the big high street shops. I have read posts about the new college some moaning about another college more students. Has anyone thought of all the jobs it will open up. It's not just teachers who work in there you know. The retail part of Barnsley reflects what people use and unfortunately it's cheap shops for folks on a budget along Ruth scorn dive coffe shops that are never empty and pubs which are also never empty. So is it the retailers faults or the way people live their lives today. If I had to rely on pound shops it would have to question my priorities if I found my self in costa or bramahs. Yet these three establishments are never empty. If we want a bustling town we need to go to it yo make it bustling. I work in town and go in most days. I use our market and the few clothes shops that we have and I support small local cafés.

Reply Posted by Starbucks on Wednesday October 15 2014 at 07:29
The whole aim to regenerate Barnsley is to get the people of Barnsley back shopping in the town. Do you think the plans BMBC have revealed will get the people back? I hope so but doubt it.

The stores you mention closed for other reasons, not because they weren't doing any trade. The good people of Barnsley said that Costa was too expensive and we don't need it yet it's always packed more so than any other cafe in town.

Reply Posted by yvonne on Wednesday October 15 2014 at 10:24
what other reasons ? enlighten me .

Reply Posted by Listen BMBC on Wednesday October 15 2014 at 07:41
The collages we have in Barnsley have young upcoming students attending them right? Are you saying these would go and shop at the market or prefer to shop at a big high street store? I know where my money is. We have to think of the young adults of the town and not just the old dears who sit in the market talking about the miners strike. Barnsley needs to move forward and not take sideward step.

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday October 15 2014 at 10:21
There will not be sufficient retail space in the new town centre redevelopment to attract a good selection of major high street retailers. All the town centre redevelopment will provide is a refurbished market, a town square (what?) library (smaller than the one on Shambles street) and vacant areas just in case the private sector want to provide development. There will also be less car parking spaces than what there are now.

As an aside, if the cinema goes ahead in the Alhambra centre there will be a reduction in both the retail area and the number of car parking spaces in their car park