The founder of the Poundland empire is preparing to throw open the doors of his Jacobean mansion to give visitors a glimpse of the stunning country estate.
The grounds of Ludstone Hall, near Claverley, will be open to the public tomorrow. Owned by Keith Smith, who founded the Poundland empire with his son, Steve, the site is home to a kitchen garden, lawns and flower beds and three pools – all surrounded by a moat.
There is also a museum in an outbuilding next to the 400-year-old hall, which features artefacts relating to its history, as well as items collected by Mr Smith during his 50-year business career.
Mr Smith, who bought the hall and its 190-acre estate in the 1990s, said he was looking forward to offering a rare glimpse into its history.
“We only open up once a year, but it is always a special day for people of all ages,” said the 72-year-old, who grew up in Willenhall. “It gives me a lot of pleasure to invite people into the grounds, and with plenty of different stalls and entertainment planned I hope this year’s event will be a great success.”
Poundland has opened its first store in Spain in the holiday resort of Torremolinos, it revealed today as it also took the wraps off full-year sales figures of nearly £1 billion.
Sales are still rising, said chief executive Jim McCarthy, and Poundland plans another 70 stores this year, creating 1,000 more jobs.
Meanwhile, around 2,700 customers flocked through the tills of its new Spanish store yesterday, with water and soft drinks among the big sellers on a hot day with the temperatures up around 28C on the Costa del Sol.