NEW budget brand One Below has chosen Glasgow for its first two Scottish doors, creating dozens of local jobs.

The firm will open its doors to customers at The Forge Shopping Centre at 10am on Friday at the former Poundworld unit, while the second store will open on Argyle Street on April 12.

According to the chain, previous openings south of the border have attracted hundreds of queing customers.

One Below claims it is the first discount store in the UK to sell everything for £1 and under - prices start at 29p - with big name brands including Coca Cola, Pedigree, Heinz, Kellogg’s and Cadbury’s on the shelves.

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The brand is being independently financed and launched by father and son retail entrepreneurs, Christopher Edwards, 36 and Christopher Edwards Senior.

The team, from Wakefield, were the original founders of former high street retailer, Poundworld Retail Limited before it was sold to American private equity conglomerate, TPG Capital in 2014. 

Many of the former staff who lost their jobs when the old Glasgow Poundworld shop went in to administration in 2018 have been given new employment at the brand One Below store.

One Below plans to open at least five stores in Scotland by the end of the year creating 100 retail jobs with locations to be confirmed.

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A spokesman for the firm said: “We’re are delighted to have chosen Glasgow as the location for our first two stores to open in Scotland.

“We’re also pleased to be able to employ many of the former Poundworld staff, who were some of the 6,000 employees to have lost their jobs when the new owners of the business, TPG Capital, sent Poundworld in to administration in 2018.

“One Below will be the only name on the high street offering everything it sells for £1 or less, with branded, quality products costing as little as 29p."