I never understand how it still trades that company. It's been a complete mess for the best part of 30 years.
Bargain Buys is Pound Stretcher / Instore / JTF or whatever it fancies trading as this week, no doubt to hide how bad it is. The shop that shut over the road was an absolute mess and never had anyone in and nor do most of their current stores. I know it's been in and out of administration the past few years.
Btw it's quite well known that their 50% off everything is a bit of a scam, they literally put everything up the day before give or take. Not that they'll care about trading laws.
The expression shysters is springing to mind...There was a documentary called Saving Poundstrecher on channel 4 a few years back. If you watched that you will not be surprised. The owners had a problem with buying pallets of stock that were not saleable.
They got the former head of Pound World in and he made some great suggestions which they ignored.