Bargain basement retailer Poundland is moving into Belper’s prominent former Haldanes store, the News can reveal.
The takeover came to light after the chain store applied to Amber Valley Borough Council for permission to fit new shop signs and fire doors.
Planning notices have also been pinned to the shop windows and work men appeared to have started preliminary internal work this week.
In a design statement the company said it wanted to carry out modifications at the rear of the building.
It said: “The existing unit is believed to have been constructed in the mid 20th century and is situated in the Belper and Milford Conservation area. As a responsible retailer Poundland understands the requirement to preserve the building and any alteration to the building must be suited to the building and its surroundings.”
In May, officials from site owner the Co-op inspected the building’s foundations following reports that the vibration of trains travelling underneath on the Midland Main Line had affected them.
When the Haldanes supermarket closed in June 2011, 40 people were made redundant. Many had worked at the store, previously a Somerfield, for years.
Poundland has 400 shops and four million weekly shoppers. It wants to have 1,000 shops, making it one of the country’s largest retail chains. In the year to April 2012, the retailer posted sales of £780m.