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Poundland hires nearly 1000 ex-Wilko employees

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Poundland has hired 962 former Wilko employees as it continues to reopen stores acquired from its collapsed high street competitor. 

The move follows Poundland's acquisition of up to 71 Wilko shops in September.

Wilko entered into administration due to mounting debts and weakened customer demand. 

Read More: Poundland Offers Jobs To Over 200 Former Wilko Staff

Of the converted 64 former Wilko shops, Poundland has employed 826 former Wilko staff on hourly paid contracts.

An additional 122 joined as store managers or assistant store managers

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14 former Wilko workers have also found roles at Poundland's primary support centre in Walsall. 

The company plans to open the remaining acquired units next year. 

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Simon Wells, people director at Poundland, said: “I really want to thank the Poundland team for their extraordinary efforts in making so many roles available, so quickly, to those affected by the administration of Wilko.

“We know by keeping our promise to reopen former Wilko stores in such numbers, and at such pace, we’ve made a big difference to hundreds of people.

“We’re incredibly proud that so many former Wilko team members have now chosen to continue their careers here at Poundland.”

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