Poundstretcher’s Castleford branch opened in the mid-2000s and was located on Carlton Street, on the junction with Station Street, occupying a large, 32,649 sq ft building which itself dates back to 1974.
Poundstretcher (previously styled as £-stretcher) is a chain of discount stores that operated across the United Kingdom that sold a variety of low-priced items including home basics, garden and kitchen items and furniture.
In 2018, this branch was featured on the Channel 4 documentary Saving Poundstretcher; in which senior management tried to turn the store into a prototype for other shops.
In the documentary, it was stated the Castleford branch was taking £12,000 a week; only half of what it needed to take to be profitable.
Ultimately, it closed its doors for good in early 2019.
The building is now completely stripped and devoid of almost all Poundstretcher features, besides some old leaflets and baskets.
Earlier this year, a proposal was put in place to convert the former store into a training centre.
Wakefield-based charity Gasped want to build training and educational facilities on the ground and first floors and temporary accommodation for 19 vulnerable people on the second floor.
Despite this, the property is still online and available to rent on Rightmove.