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If Poundworld couldn’t survive – why should One Below?

After spotting the new ‘One Below’ shop occupying the same place in Parkhead’s Forge shopping centre as Poundworld has, I saw that Argyle Street’s Poundworld had been similarly reborn as ‘One Below’.

Today…

One Below Argyle Street

One Below Argyle Street

‘Yesterday’…

Poundworld Argyle Street

Poundworld Argyle Street

Having been in the Forge shop, it’s obvious that One Below is selling the same cheap crap hardware and bric-a-brac items as Poundworld (probably from the same warehouse). That only works for so long before people realise the stuff is either not going to last, or fail to e worth even £1.

The rest of the stock is cosmetics, foods, sweets, some branded names, domestic items – all of which are fairly anonymous and can be picked up at any ‘pound shop’, so there is no customer or brand loyalty, or unique proposition,  to compel anyone to buy at any particular shop.

I know I’d already stopped bothering to go into Poundworld just before the end was announced. Buying any of their hardware was a waste of even £1 compared to the others. So, if I wasn’t in their door for that, obviously I wasn”t buying any of their food, so they’d lost a customer.

Given we already know Poundworld wasn’t sustainable (and that’s without even considering the claims of poor conditions and abuse which the media popped up with after the closure was announced), since One Below looks so much like Poundworld, how long will it be around?

Repeating the same mistakes isn’t going to ‘magic up’ as sustainable business from the old ashes.

What’s different?

Why should One Below do any better than Poundworld?

I’ve been in once – and I don’t have a reason to go in again 😦

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16/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Poundworld is dead. Long live Poundw… er… One Below

I used to spend a fair amount of time in the Forge shopping centre at Parkhead, but since the interesting ‘names’ left some years ago, I tend to shoot into the centre entrance (for Asda), and the two ends (for Cex and Poundland), and miss out the fairly vacuous fashion/phone/furniture shops in between.

Before it closed amid some questionable media reports, Poundworld was worth a wander, for fun. I’ve mentioned before how I considered their hardware to be something of a joke, made of chewing gum and string, well below even the standard fare at Poundland, whose offerings at least don’t bend and break in your hand.

The old Poundworld unit in the Forge lay empty – until I passed it yesterday.

No longer called Poundworld, it has been reborn as One Below.

Even the corporate colours are very similar, if not quite the same.

But a wander inside showed it contained much the same stuff as Poundworld.

And the interior layout was much the same, even the checkouts, although the software seemed to be glitching as the barcodes took ages to register.

It would be interesting to see who runs this venture, and if it was born of the ashes of Poundworld, and even owned/run by the same people/company/group as before.

Have to love the “everything £1 or LESS” take on Poundland’s multi-buy offerings, avoiding the two, or three, for a £1 phrasing found there.

Forge One Below

Forge One Below

 

One Below window

One Below window

 

One Below window

One Below window

Reminder of Poundworld colours, and even the way they were alternated within a line of text.

Maplin and Poundworld side by side

Maplin and Poundworld side by side

Empty Argyle Street.

Poundworld Argyle Street

Poundworld Argyle Street

15/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

   

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