The opening date for a shop set to open in atria Watford’s former John Lewis unit has been confirmed.

Last month, it was announced that Poundland will open in the shopping centre in December after the town's John Lewis store was divided into separate units.

Today (November 24), the company has revealed that it will open on December 2. The existing Watford location, in the high street, will be relocating into it and is set to shut on December 1.

Poundland is also set to open new locations in seven other towns and cities across the country on the same day. It is planning 22 openings or relocations before the end of the year as part of a rapid expansion.

Watford Observer: Poundland hoarding in atria Watford.Poundland hoarding in atria Watford. (Image: Charlotte Cutler)

Poundland managing director Austin Cooke said: “We excitedly continue to open and relocate stores at pace so we can bring our best offer, including all-new clothing, chilled and frozen food to customers, existing and new.

“The monumental effort from our teams continues to amaze me, and it supports jobs and high streets right across Britain.”

Dunelm is also set to open in the former John Lewis unit, on December 5.