Bargain store Poundland is believed to be opening in Skipton before the Spring.

The chainstore, which has more than 460 outlets across the country, is expected to move into the former site of Handpicked Hall, next to Skipton Bus Station. A downsized Handpicked Hall is to relocate to the former Sunwin Travel shop on Keighley Road in a bid to attract more customers.

A Poundland spokesman said: “Poundland recently announced plans to double its store estate to 1,000 stores across the UK and continually assesses market opportunities but cannot comment further on specific sites.”