Poundland will open another store in Waltham Forest in Leytonstone High Road

This Is Local London: Richard Lancaster said to be 'delighted' Richard Lancaster said to be 'delighted'

A new discount store is to be opened in Leytonstone.

One of Europe’s biggest pound shop companies, Poundland, will come to the High Road on May 1.

The store will be on the site of the old Primark shop and will create 20 jobs for the community.

Poundland’s Trading Director, Richard Lancaster, said that he is ‘delighted’ to be trading in Leytonstone.

The company was recently criticised by Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors in Waltham Forest after announcing its plan to bring a store to Palace Parade in Walthamstow.

Councillors claimed that they sell low-quality goods and are not good for the community.

There is another store in The Mall in Walthamstow.

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5:22pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Seems the only business interested in run down and neglected Leytonstone which was supposed to be regenerated after 'the road' went through, which sadly has not occurred, high crime rates, shootings, murders, drug dealing, beggars around the station has not helped.

The poor Leytonstone locals put up with all the road disruption for years leading up to the actual work, the years of chaos whilst it went on, now have the most ridiculous one way system in London. This together with a McDonalds drive through, and a Tesco, completely in the wrong place make the area a fume filled area to live in, cycling and walking is an unpleasant experience, breathing in exhaust fumes. Pound shops and takeaways is about the limit here unfortunately.
Seems the only business interested in run down and neglected Leytonstone which was supposed to be regenerated after 'the road' went through, which sadly has not occurred, high crime rates, shootings, murders, drug dealing, beggars around the station has not helped. The poor Leytonstone locals put up with all the road disruption for years leading up to the actual work, the years of chaos whilst it went on, now have the most ridiculous one way system in London. This together with a McDonalds drive through, and a Tesco, completely in the wrong place make the area a fume filled area to live in, cycling and walking is an unpleasant experience, breathing in exhaust fumes. Pound shops and takeaways is about the limit here unfortunately. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -11

5:46pm Tue 22 Apr 14

stickmanny says...

The Tories and their friends have taken their 90%, a few pounds is all we've got left.

Oh and Leytonstone is a great place to live, anyone that doesn't like it knows what they can do.
The Tories and their friends have taken their 90%, a few pounds is all we've got left. Oh and Leytonstone is a great place to live, anyone that doesn't like it knows what they can do. stickmanny
  • Score: -15

6:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

stickmanny wrote:
The Tories and their friends have taken their 90%, a few pounds is all we've got left.

Oh and Leytonstone is a great place to live, anyone that doesn't like it knows what they can do.
So did Labour whilst in power (you remember, Things Can Only Get Better) was Bliar's motto, not enrich all the poor? Of course he did not, it is hypocritical Labour that has to keep the poor, poor and stifle hope and enterprise. They socially engineered thousands and thousands of kids into 'Universities', run down old Polytechnics with useless degree courses such as 'Film' and 'Media' conning them into believing that they would get a job in the world of Celebrity. Meanwhile in the real world, there were no plumbers, electricians, gas fitters, carpenters and tradesmen being educated in skills that would have enabled them to earn a decent living. These trades have to be filled by foreign workers including many from China of all places who had lower aspirations but earn ten times and more what they would do in their own country. Those with their rubbish degrees will never have a cats chance in life to even remotely possibly pay of their student loans.

Meanwhile The Bliar's have bought their offspring 'starter homes' exceeding well over a million pounds each and feathered the nest with nepotistic jobs, a safe seat for Euan, a 'football agent' job for the other one, and a nicely line up Lawyers job for Katheryn. Worse of all they had to subject us to the stomach churning descriptions of them conceiving baby Leo!

Bliar of course never dreamt of sending his kids to fight his wars, but 500 young men and women to their demise in the fruitless Afghanistan and many more to Iraq. Then he run away and left the hopeless Brown in charge who completely ruined the country.

But don't worry Stickmanny, we have the offspring of Bliar, Prescott, Kinnock and Jack Straw (who likes the old Morris Dancers) to take over from the old guard , being parachuted into safe seats to ensure that all the poor keep that way.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: The Tories and their friends have taken their 90%, a few pounds is all we've got left. Oh and Leytonstone is a great place to live, anyone that doesn't like it knows what they can do.[/p][/quote]So did Labour whilst in power (you remember, Things Can Only Get Better) was Bliar's motto, not enrich all the poor? Of course he did not, it is hypocritical Labour that has to keep the poor, poor and stifle hope and enterprise. They socially engineered thousands and thousands of kids into 'Universities', run down old Polytechnics with useless degree courses such as 'Film' and 'Media' conning them into believing that they would get a job in the world of Celebrity. Meanwhile in the real world, there were no plumbers, electricians, gas fitters, carpenters and tradesmen being educated in skills that would have enabled them to earn a decent living. These trades have to be filled by foreign workers including many from China of all places who had lower aspirations but earn ten times and more what they would do in their own country. Those with their rubbish degrees will never have a cats chance in life to even remotely possibly pay of their student loans. Meanwhile The Bliar's have bought their offspring 'starter homes' exceeding well over a million pounds each and feathered the nest with nepotistic jobs, a safe seat for Euan, a 'football agent' job for the other one, and a nicely line up Lawyers job for Katheryn. Worse of all they had to subject us to the stomach churning descriptions of them conceiving baby Leo! Bliar of course never dreamt of sending his kids to fight his wars, but 500 young men and women to their demise in the fruitless Afghanistan and many more to Iraq. Then he run away and left the hopeless Brown in charge who completely ruined the country. But don't worry Stickmanny, we have the offspring of Bliar, Prescott, Kinnock and Jack Straw (who likes the old Morris Dancers) to take over from the old guard , being parachuted into safe seats to ensure that all the poor keep that way. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

6:20pm Tue 22 Apr 14

livedheretoolong says...

Villagecranberry has summed up exactly what it is like to live in Leytonstone. The tories have got nothing to do with the demise - this has to be laid fairly and squarely at Clyde Loakes and his cronies who ruined it with the one way system and their other stupid policies.

Good luck to the pound shop - lets hope they can survive in Leytonstone unlike all the others who have left/gone bust. It seems a bit strange that Labour councillors should be opposed to Poundland when it is their policies that create the very conditions that enable these types of shops to thrive.

Leytonstone is still a nice place to live but it's no use for shopping unless you are happy to support the Tesco monopoly. I would like to see a Lidl or Aldi there to provide some competition. I'm sure they would have already looked at the area and presumably have decided that conditions are not ideal for trade.

It would also be interesting to know what percentage of Leytonstone's residents actually does a significant amount of their weekly shopping in Leytonstone. I suspect most prefer to travel elsewhere.

Unless something drastic happens (such as a change in who runs the local council) there is no hope for any improvement.

So, if you live in Leytonstone and would like to see improvements you know what to do at the local elections in May.
Villagecranberry has summed up exactly what it is like to live in Leytonstone. The tories have got nothing to do with the demise - this has to be laid fairly and squarely at Clyde Loakes and his cronies who ruined it with the one way system and their other stupid policies. Good luck to the pound shop - lets hope they can survive in Leytonstone unlike all the others who have left/gone bust. It seems a bit strange that Labour councillors should be opposed to Poundland when it is their policies that create the very conditions that enable these types of shops to thrive. Leytonstone is still a nice place to live but it's no use for shopping unless you are happy to support the Tesco monopoly. I would like to see a Lidl or Aldi there to provide some competition. I'm sure they would have already looked at the area and presumably have decided that conditions are not ideal for trade. It would also be interesting to know what percentage of Leytonstone's residents actually does a significant amount of their weekly shopping in Leytonstone. I suspect most prefer to travel elsewhere. Unless something drastic happens (such as a change in who runs the local council) there is no hope for any improvement. So, if you live in Leytonstone and would like to see improvements you know what to do at the local elections in May. livedheretoolong
  • Score: 7

7:17pm Tue 22 Apr 14

stickmanny says...

livedheretoolong? the names says it all, so as I say if you don't like it you know what you can do.

The idea that Leytonstone hasn't got better in recent years is laughable. And before you're tempted cornbeefur we've heard your stock responses so many times before.
livedheretoolong? the names says it all, so as I say if you don't like it you know what you can do. The idea that Leytonstone hasn't got better in recent years is laughable. And before you're tempted cornbeefur we've heard your stock responses so many times before. stickmanny
  • Score: -7

7:58pm Tue 22 Apr 14

jackblack007 says...

well what do people expect ? Selfridges ,
well what do people expect ? Selfridges , jackblack007
  • Score: 4

8:03pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

stickmanny wrote:
livedheretoolong? the names says it all, so as I say if you don't like it you know what you can do.

The idea that Leytonstone hasn't got better in recent years is laughable. And before you're tempted cornbeefur we've heard your stock responses so many times before.
Leyton has improved vastly compared to Leytonstone, they managed to swerve the VIP's around the drabness of Leytonstone during the Olympics, the High Road near Leyton Station has improved vastly, even the Bakers Arms, although I object to painting Victorian Stock Bricks and the depressing bookies and cheque cashing shops, whereas Leytonstone by the expensively restored St John's Church remains the forgotten sister of the Borough, shabby, cheap retail outlets, charity shops galore, hardly likely to attract any major players as the area, despite the crazy house prices just looks cheap and nasty. Pedestrianisation of the entire North Section would make a vast difference.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: livedheretoolong? the names says it all, so as I say if you don't like it you know what you can do. The idea that Leytonstone hasn't got better in recent years is laughable. And before you're tempted cornbeefur we've heard your stock responses so many times before.[/p][/quote]Leyton has improved vastly compared to Leytonstone, they managed to swerve the VIP's around the drabness of Leytonstone during the Olympics, the High Road near Leyton Station has improved vastly, even the Bakers Arms, although I object to painting Victorian Stock Bricks and the depressing bookies and cheque cashing shops, whereas Leytonstone by the expensively restored St John's Church remains the forgotten sister of the Borough, shabby, cheap retail outlets, charity shops galore, hardly likely to attract any major players as the area, despite the crazy house prices just looks cheap and nasty. Pedestrianisation of the entire North Section would make a vast difference. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

10:46pm Tue 22 Apr 14

livedheretoolong says...

stickmanny wrote:
livedheretoolong? the names says it all, so as I say if you don't like it you know what you can do.

The idea that Leytonstone hasn't got better in recent years is laughable. And before you're tempted cornbeefur we've heard your stock responses so many times before.
Ever thought about applying for a job at WFN Stickmanny? They could do with someone with your undoubted writing talents to liven it up.

Seems like public opinion is more on my side than yours: +4 to me v -5 to you. But don't worry - WFN doesn't care what the public really thinks.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: livedheretoolong? the names says it all, so as I say if you don't like it you know what you can do. The idea that Leytonstone hasn't got better in recent years is laughable. And before you're tempted cornbeefur we've heard your stock responses so many times before.[/p][/quote]Ever thought about applying for a job at WFN Stickmanny? They could do with someone with your undoubted writing talents to liven it up. Seems like public opinion is more on my side than yours: +4 to me v -5 to you. But don't worry - WFN doesn't care what the public really thinks. livedheretoolong
  • Score: -7

8:03am Wed 23 Apr 14

parkingtrouble says...

The area will get the shops it deserves.

If you don't use the bookies, takeaways and pound shops they will go out of business.
The area will get the shops it deserves. If you don't use the bookies, takeaways and pound shops they will go out of business. parkingtrouble
  • Score: 12

12:28pm Wed 23 Apr 14

HottRedMan says...

Good I am glad they are opening a store here. Poundland is better than 99p stores and has better quality branded goods.
I really do not see what is wrong with their business model, after all if they could sell the certain items at £1 that you could pick up in Tesco for double the price, it shows that others stores are making a big profit on them. Yes there are items in poundland that also actually costs less than £1 elsewhere, but if you do your homework you wont be caught out.
Typical snobbery imo from the people who do not want it.

P.S. I did not even realise Primark closed down, bit of a surprise.
Good I am glad they are opening a store here. Poundland is better than 99p stores and has better quality branded goods. I really do not see what is wrong with their business model, after all if they could sell the certain items at £1 that you could pick up in Tesco for double the price, it shows that others stores are making a big profit on them. Yes there are items in poundland that also actually costs less than £1 elsewhere, but if you do your homework you wont be caught out. Typical snobbery imo from the people who do not want it. P.S. I did not even realise Primark closed down, bit of a surprise. HottRedMan
  • Score: 9

3:52pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Garrow says...

I can't see what the problem is with pound shops, and that Labour would criticise this company strikes me as hypocritical. They give away consents to Tesco and Sainsbury to build supermarkets on every street corner, they strangle our shopping parades with parking restrictions and then complain when a new retailer turns up selling goods cheaply. At least it means the shops are being used. Go to Hoe Street, go to Chingford Mount and see how many empty shops there are amongst the innumerable tanning shops, estate agents, nail bars and take-aways, is that any better?

This Labour Council has destroyed business in this borough for decades and they still seem to have no clue. Now they finally decided to do something with the Arcade site they seem over the moon that Nando's wants to take a shop unit in the new development, I haven't seen much about retailers wanting to go there, this is what happens when you make policies up as you go along. Let us also remember that Westfield is not very far away from this part of Leytonstone, that must be quite a pull for shoppers.
I can't see what the problem is with pound shops, and that Labour would criticise this company strikes me as hypocritical. They give away consents to Tesco and Sainsbury to build supermarkets on every street corner, they strangle our shopping parades with parking restrictions and then complain when a new retailer turns up selling goods cheaply. At least it means the shops are being used. Go to Hoe Street, go to Chingford Mount and see how many empty shops there are amongst the innumerable tanning shops, estate agents, nail bars and take-aways, is that any better? This Labour Council has destroyed business in this borough for decades and they still seem to have no clue. Now they finally decided to do something with the Arcade site they seem over the moon that Nando's wants to take a shop unit in the new development, I haven't seen much about retailers wanting to go there, this is what happens when you make policies up as you go along. Let us also remember that Westfield is not very far away from this part of Leytonstone, that must be quite a pull for shoppers. Garrow
  • Score: 8

6:52pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Leytonstonia says...

Leytonstone Primark decided to shut more than three years ago - there was an article about it in this very paper. I bet Poundland got the site back then.
Leytonstone Primark decided to shut more than three years ago - there was an article about it in this very paper. I bet Poundland got the site back then. Leytonstonia
  • Score: 7

7:08pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Leytonstonia says...

Oh, and cranberry:

Two charity shops (both of which are excellent, especially for books) is not 'galore'. New takeaways are prevented from opening by the council - applications get blocked all the time. There is an ongoing campaign to prevent 'clustering' of betting shops.

It's perfectly possible to do a weeks family food shop in Leytonstone without setting foot in Tesco. I do it all the time. The demographics of the area have changed dramatically in the last couple of years - that's why you can now buy fancy hipster craft beer from a new shop just off Cann Hall road.

And Westfield isn't just affecting local high streets - it's also drawing trade from Oxford Street.
Oh, and cranberry: Two charity shops (both of which are excellent, especially for books) is not 'galore'. New takeaways are prevented from opening by the council - applications get blocked all the time. There is an ongoing campaign to prevent 'clustering' of betting shops. It's perfectly possible to do a weeks family food shop in Leytonstone without setting foot in Tesco. I do it all the time. The demographics of the area have changed dramatically in the last couple of years - that's why you can now buy fancy hipster craft beer from a new shop just off Cann Hall road. And Westfield isn't just affecting local high streets - it's also drawing trade from Oxford Street. Leytonstonia
  • Score: 2

7:58pm Wed 23 Apr 14

parkingtrouble says...

If I can buy 1 item for £1 rather than being "forced" by major supermarkets to buy one of for £1.50 or 3 for £3 then I will be a customer.
If I can buy 1 item for £1 rather than being "forced" by major supermarkets to buy one of for £1.50 or 3 for £3 then I will be a customer. parkingtrouble
  • Score: 3

10:42pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Leytonstonia wrote:
Oh, and cranberry:

Two charity shops (both of which are excellent, especially for books) is not 'galore'. New takeaways are prevented from opening by the council - applications get blocked all the time. There is an ongoing campaign to prevent 'clustering' of betting shops.

It's perfectly possible to do a weeks family food shop in Leytonstone without setting foot in Tesco. I do it all the time. The demographics of the area have changed dramatically in the last couple of years - that's why you can now buy fancy hipster craft beer from a new shop just off Cann Hall road.

And Westfield isn't just affecting local high streets - it's also drawing trade from Oxford Street.
I have not mentioned Westfields and have never been there squire.
[quote][p][bold]Leytonstonia[/bold] wrote: Oh, and cranberry: Two charity shops (both of which are excellent, especially for books) is not 'galore'. New takeaways are prevented from opening by the council - applications get blocked all the time. There is an ongoing campaign to prevent 'clustering' of betting shops. It's perfectly possible to do a weeks family food shop in Leytonstone without setting foot in Tesco. I do it all the time. The demographics of the area have changed dramatically in the last couple of years - that's why you can now buy fancy hipster craft beer from a new shop just off Cann Hall road. And Westfield isn't just affecting local high streets - it's also drawing trade from Oxford Street.[/p][/quote]I have not mentioned Westfields and have never been there squire. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

10:43pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
well what do people expect ? Selfridges ,
No, just bit of quality.
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: well what do people expect ? Selfridges ,[/p][/quote]No, just bit of quality. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

12:17pm Thu 24 Apr 14

stickmanny says...

livedheretoolong wrote:
stickmanny wrote:
livedheretoolong? the names says it all, so as I say if you don't like it you know what you can do.

The idea that Leytonstone hasn't got better in recent years is laughable. And before you're tempted cornbeefur we've heard your stock responses so many times before.
Ever thought about applying for a job at WFN Stickmanny? They could do with someone with your undoubted writing talents to liven it up.

Seems like public opinion is more on my side than yours: +4 to me v -5 to you. But don't worry - WFN doesn't care what the public really thinks.
And a fat -9 for this response, that's without me voting it down.

Why come on here and slag a place off? No one with any power is actually reading this so your perfect prose is making no difference at all.
[quote][p][bold]livedheretoolong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: livedheretoolong? the names says it all, so as I say if you don't like it you know what you can do. The idea that Leytonstone hasn't got better in recent years is laughable. And before you're tempted cornbeefur we've heard your stock responses so many times before.[/p][/quote]Ever thought about applying for a job at WFN Stickmanny? They could do with someone with your undoubted writing talents to liven it up. Seems like public opinion is more on my side than yours: +4 to me v -5 to you. But don't worry - WFN doesn't care what the public really thinks.[/p][/quote]And a fat -9 for this response, that's without me voting it down. Why come on here and slag a place off? No one with any power is actually reading this so your perfect prose is making no difference at all. stickmanny
  • Score: -7

8:18pm Thu 24 Apr 14

G Sladden says...

stickmanny wrote:
The Tories and their friends have taken their 90%, a few pounds is all we've got left.

Oh and Leytonstone is a great place to live, anyone that doesn't like it knows what they can do.
What are you talking about? With a brief interruption between the late 80s and the early 90s Walthamstow has always returned a Labour MP. At a local level it has been governed by Labour with the Liberal help. And look at the state of the place! Are you saying that Labour has been incompetent for decades, possibly even for a century?

You saying Leytonstone (or Walthamstow, for that matter) is a great place to live, doesn't make it so!
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: The Tories and their friends have taken their 90%, a few pounds is all we've got left. Oh and Leytonstone is a great place to live, anyone that doesn't like it knows what they can do.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about? With a brief interruption between the late 80s and the early 90s Walthamstow has always returned a Labour MP. At a local level it has been governed by Labour with the Liberal help. And look at the state of the place! Are you saying that Labour has been incompetent for decades, possibly even for a century? You saying Leytonstone (or Walthamstow, for that matter) is a great place to live, doesn't make it so! G Sladden
  • Score: 4

9:19pm Thu 24 Apr 14

stickmanny says...

No I'm saying that local politicians have more often than not been stuffed by Tory central governments that stood in the way of local democracy.

The only exception to this was the Blair/Brown years when London was transformed from a stinking hole into something worthy of pride.

Yes my opinion of Leytonstone is mine, but if I didn't like it I wouldn't sit on my arse moaning like some here. I'd try changing it, and if that didn't work I'd move somewhere better.
No I'm saying that local politicians have more often than not been stuffed by Tory central governments that stood in the way of local democracy. The only exception to this was the Blair/Brown years when London was transformed from a stinking hole into something worthy of pride. Yes my opinion of Leytonstone is mine, but if I didn't like it I wouldn't sit on my arse moaning like some here. I'd try changing it, and if that didn't work I'd move somewhere better. stickmanny
  • Score: 0

12:42pm Fri 25 Apr 14

G Sladden says...

@stickmanny
>> The only exception to this was the Blair/Brown years when London was transformed from a stinking hole into something worthy of pride
@stickmanny >> The only exception to this was the Blair/Brown years when London was transformed from a stinking hole into something worthy of pride G Sladden
  • Score: 0

12:43pm Fri 25 Apr 14

G Sladden says...

>> The only exception to this was the Blair/Brown years when London was transformed from a stinking hole into something worthy of pride
>> The only exception to this was the Blair/Brown years when London was transformed from a stinking hole into something worthy of pride G Sladden
  • Score: 0

12:44pm Fri 25 Apr 14

G Sladden says...

The Tories became neo-con around 1979, New Labour around 1996. When it gained power in 1997 it proceeded to make the shiny glass and steel skyscrapers of central London a little bit shinier. Other areas of London, including Walthamstow, became stinkier and deeper holes than you would have thought possible. This is because they became revolving doors for cheap labourers and paupers from all corners of the world, needed to keep Tory bosses in the money and Labour politicians in with a chance to gain / retain power. The new Labour deal with the City wide boys was always: ‘we let you do your own things and you let us do our own things’. To me Labour is synonymous with hypocrisy writ large. Truly nauseating.
The Tories became neo-con around 1979, New Labour around 1996. When it gained power in 1997 it proceeded to make the shiny glass and steel skyscrapers of central London a little bit shinier. Other areas of London, including Walthamstow, became stinkier and deeper holes than you would have thought possible. This is because they became revolving doors for cheap labourers and paupers from all corners of the world, needed to keep Tory bosses in the money and Labour politicians in with a chance to gain / retain power. The new Labour deal with the City wide boys was always: ‘we let you do your own things and you let us do our own things’. To me Labour is synonymous with hypocrisy writ large. Truly nauseating. G Sladden
  • Score: 3

12:15pm Thu 22 May 14

Cherry11 says...

Richard Lancaster is "delighted" Hmmmm what's the betting he doesn't live in Leytonstone…..Just what we need another rubbish store on Leytonstone High Road. The position of the old Primark store is prime really could of made a big difference to the High Street. What a pity.
Richard Lancaster is "delighted" Hmmmm what's the betting he doesn't live in Leytonstone…..Just what we need another rubbish store on Leytonstone High Road. The position of the old Primark store is prime really could of made a big difference to the High Street. What a pity. Cherry11
  • Score: 2

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