The chain said outlets across the UK will go in to “hibernation” from Sunday, January 10 until further notice – these are the branches temporarily closing their doors

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Poundland is set to close 44 stores, despite being allowed to trade as an essential retailer.

The chain said outlets across the UK will go in to “hibernation” after they close on Saturday, to allow the business to focus on larger stores in consolidated areas.

It follows an 80% drop in footfall since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, after shopping centres and high streets were forced to close their doors.

Austin Cooke, Poundland’s retail director 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.”

Businesses across England have been ordered to close in line with new national lockdown measures linked to the new Covid-19 variant.

Hairdressers, spas, zoos, hotels, golf courses, cafés and cinemas are now closed until mid-February, as well as gyms and beauty salons.

However, essential retailers such as supermarkets and pharmacies can stay open – as can garden centres and builders merchants.

Places of worship can also open for individual prayer and communal services, but they must obey social distancing rules and people can only attend with household and support bubble members.

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“It’s clear that we need to do more together to bring this variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out,” Boris Johnson said, announcing the measures on Tuesday.

The latest lockdown will see more than 550,000 business closures in England, according to real estate adviser Altus Group.

The company said this included 401,690 non-essential shops, 64,537 pubs or restaurants, 20,703 personal care facilities and 7,051 gyms or leisure centres.

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