Jun 30, 2018

Penny drops

Cat litter tray bags are reduced by a full 30%. At the Poundworld Plus in Byker, just down the road from Blyth, a plastic hula-hoop can be picked up for 90p, while an off-the-peg pair of spectacles is just 50p. Michelle Gregory, 56, emerges from the Blyth shop clutching a roll of tape marked "Fragile" for wrapping parcels and a set of lip pencils. Gregory, who works for her husband's furniture business and has lived in Blyth all her life, is a regular Poundworld shopper, and she can't conceal her disappointment at what has befallen the company. In the nearest card shop they were £6 each, she recalls, but at Poundworld they were only £1. If its branch of Poundworld closes, Blyth won't lack similar outlets. McCallum worked all her life at HG Woodcock, a draper in Blyth, and she remembers when the building occupied by Poundworld was a grand Co-Operative department store with a men's and ladies' outfitters and a cafe on the top floor.

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