Poundland, Home Bargains, Poundword, Poundstretcher, B&M and the 99p Store seem to be winning in the retail stakes, with four in five shoppers now visiting bargain stores and buying an ever-wider array of goods including fresh fruit and veg.
Data from market researchers Nielsen showed that spending at bargain stores totalled £4.9bn in the year to July, up 17% from the previous year.
Nearly four-fifths of households in Britain (78%) now buy from them, with more than half shopping at Poundland alone. Combined Bargain stores are more popular than the German discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl, which are visited by three-quarters of households. I guess that’s because there are fewer Aldis and Lidls in town centres.
Almost a third of the increased annual amount spent at bargain stores resulted from shoppers switching from mainstream …
A new (quite spacious) 99p Stores has opened up close to me, so over the weekend I went in to take a look.
The range was pretty standard for a pound store (I know, I know 99p), but there were a few differences. Everything was 99p or less, which is good as sometimes even a £1 is too much for certain items. There seemed to be a lot of well known branded goods and actually outside the store, the posters in the window highlighted this.
As I wasn’t in a hurry, I started to investigate how these branded goods could be so cheap. In fairness most of the pack sizes were standard, so Walkers crisps multi-bags were 99p for 6 * 25g bags. But some of items were “downsized”. You know those 200g Galaxy bars …
Got a mail from www.poundshop.com today with new offers and there were some products that caught my eye.
Remember that if you sign up for their newsletter, they are likely to send you a free delivery code, but otherwise, you should weigh up their delivery costs vs nipping down to your local pound shop.
There are the bargain items that interested me the most: