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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Discount chain to move into former Woolworths building Poundland is coming


POUNDLAND is coming to Blackwood after it was announced the budget chain will be moving into the old Woolworths build- ing. Woolworths closed on High Street in January 2009 and the shop has been empty ever since. Poundland, whichwas


founded in 1990, is


Europe’s biggest single price discount retailer and will open the newstore later this month in Blackwood. This will create up to 30


newjobs. Cllr RonDavies,Caer-


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phillyCounty Borough Council cabinet member forregen- era tion said: “This is fantastic news for Blackwood and


sure


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announce- By Charles Booth


ment will be welcomed by shoppers and the wider business community. “We have worked hard


over the last twoyears with the agents Cook & Arkwright to secure aten- ant.”


“The store enjoys a


prominent position in the heart of the High Street and has been vacant since the closure of Woolworths. “The opening of this pop-


ular discount store will plug amajor gapinthe


town centre and will give shoppers another reason to visit Blackwood and enjoythe shopping experi- ence.” Poundland has 324 stores


nationwide selling ahuge selection of products at just £1 each. Poundland’s


trading


director,David Coxon, said: “Poundland has grownsignificantlyover the past year and it’s fan- tastic to see this expansion continuing with anew store in Blackwood. “We have been looking


forasuitablesite in Blackwood forsome time


and are pleased to find a store thatwill not only create agreatshopping experience butalso pro- vide jobs forthe local com- munity.” To


celebrate


Poundland’s arrivalin Blackwood, one of the UK’s favourite soapstars will officiallywelcome shoppers and kickoff a familyfun day. Details of the celebrity will be announced nearer to the opening date Formore information contact AndrewHighway, town centre development manager on 01443 866213.


Poet Nia is first to take chair


THE Bard of Rhiw-Syr-Dafydd wascrowned to celebrate St David’s Day. Pupil at Rhiw-Syr-Dafydd Primary School, Oakdale,Nia Parsons,11was crowned at the eisteddfod forher poetry. Nia became the first winner


to be crowned on the new bardic chair,whichwas donat- ed to the school by the outgo- ing chairman of school gover- nors and current Caerphilly County Borough Councillor Allan Pritchard. More than 500 pupils took


part in the eisteddfod, which wasled by headteacher Mike Glavin. The school said there wasan incredible number of high quality submissions forthe arts and crafts throughout all the agegroups.The standard of performances,whichwere held throughout the daywere also exceptionallyhigh. Some of the other highlights


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