Two new stores set top open in Abbeygate Centre

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ARBROATH is set to receive yet another economic boost in the coming weeks with the announcement that two retailers are to move into the Abbeygate Centre bringing new jobs with them.

In the past year several major chains have pulled out of the complex and concern was expressed about the state of the High Street and the town centre.

But it has been announced that two new retailers are set to move into the large unit that was left vacant after the Co-op moved to a smaller outlet.

Poundland and Home Bargains have taken over the empty unit and it is hoped both stores will be open soon.

Poundland, which is Europe’s biggest single price discount retailer, say they have plans for a new store in the town but would not confirm the exact location or the number of jobs that will be created.

However, we understand that the store will be in the Abbeygate and that it will add to the other 330 outlets the company run across the UK.

No timescale has been given on when the store will open but Poundland said they hope to announce this in the coming weeks.

Their trading director David Coxon explained they were excited to be coming to Arbroath.

He said: “Poundland has grown significantly over the past 12 months and it’s fantastic to see this expansion continuing with a new store in Arbroath.

“We’re looking forward to opening our doors.”

Home Bargains is also a discount retailer that has 200 stores across the UK employing 7,000 people.

They sell a selection of stock including health and beauty products, food, toys and clothing.

The two retailers will follow fashion chain Peacocks, which opened in the centre in January following the departure of Ethel Austin at Christmas after a spate of closures within the complex.

It is also thought that shoe store Stead and Simpson is set to close, although they will be replaced by baker Greggs.