CROWDS have flocked to the opening of a new discount store in Worcester High Street.

At times people were forced to wait outside this lunchtime to get into the Pound Shop in The High Street due to the number of shoppers looking for a bargain.

Kal Singh, the business owner, told us they were "very busy" as people got to see inside for the first time, on the first Saturday since opening.

A planned September opening had to be pushed back, the owner telling us then fuel shortages, lorry driver shortages and Brexit meant stock issues had contributed to a delayed opening.

But shoppers were not left disappointed with the choice available when the shop finally opened yesterday (Friday).

The shop sells items typical of a bargain shop, including food and drink, cards, toys, pet food and items for DIY - with every item priced at £1, £1.50 or £2.

Mr Singh, who already owns five Pound Shops across the county, said the shop is currently employing five people.

Pound Shop has filled the vacant city centre unit, left empty for almost three years after music chain HMV's closure in 2019.

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Meanwhile we recently reported that rivals Poundland have had to apologise to customers for the continued closure of its Broad Street store as it remains unclear when it will reopen again.

That store shut its doors earlier this year while work on the outside of the building, in Broad Street, got underway, and it has remained closed ever since.

A spokesman for Poundland said: "We know this is disappointing for our customers, but as soon as we have a date for reopening, we’ll let you know.”