Poundland recruits 962 former Wilko colleagues in 70 days
In September, Poundland agreed to take control of up to 71 Wilko store leases after the retailer’s collapse into administration. Following the re-opening of 64 Wilko locations in the current quarter, 826 former Wilko colleagues have now joined Poundland on hourly paid contracts, and a further 122 have been appointed as store managers or assistant store managers.
In addition, 14 former Wilko team members have begun working at Poundland’s main customer support centre in Walsall.
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 re-open 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.”
Poundland will also be giving the former Wilko locations additional makeovers where needed and has already added chilled and frozen food to 18 shops across the UK.