POUNDLAND have said they will move "heaven and earth" to try and keep a presence in the Wee County, following the closure of their popular Alloa store.

The branch on Mill Street officially shut down on Saturday, July 13, after the company was told they could no longer remain in the building.

When asked why the store was closing down, a spokesperson told the Advertiser: “We're sad to be leaving. Unfortunately our landlord served notice on us without warning.

"We'd love to return because we know customers are disappointed we've had to go.”

The news came as a blow for many locals, as the shop was one of the most popular in the town centre.

A petition had even been started in the days leading up to the closure, urging the company to keep a presence in Alloa by moving into a different building instead.

It was created by Shelley Kopinski on the 38 Degrees website, and received almost 500 signatures. It stated: “Poundland stocks everything you need at obviously, a low cost, items you can get at last minute without having to order [online].

“Poundworld went last year and for Poundland to close too would be tragic for the town not to mention the staff that work in Poundland.”

The petition also attracted numerous comments from people who were keen to show their support for the business.

Robert M said: "[Poundland] provided a vital shopping outlet in an otherwise dying town centre," and Jade M said: "My wee ones love the pound shop. Would be sad to see it go."

It seems those message have hit home, because Poundland have since released an updated statement claiming they are keen to come back to Clacks in the future.

A spokesperson said: “We’re clearly disappointed at the short notice from our landlord in Alloa and we’re moving heaven and earth to keep trading in the town so we can keep supporting customers and colleagues.”

In the meantime, it remains unclear what will happen with the building on Mill Street previously occupied by Poundland.

To find out more about the petition, visit tinyurl.com/yyd5elzh