Poundworld was a British value variety store that sold most of its items for £1. The chain was founded in 1974 by Yorkshire-based father-and-son team Chris Edwards Sr. and Chris Edwards Jr. In contrast to many high street retailers, Poundworld maintained strong sales and growth during the global recession that started in 2007.
Poundworld's product range consisted of over 6,000 items including groceries, health and beauty, toiletries, cleaning products and pet care. some of them known brands; At its peak it had 335 stores in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In 2014, it was planning to open 150 new stores within three years.
Its larger rival in the market was Poundland. A series on BBC One entitled Pound Shop Wars, broadcast between 2012 and 2015, concerned Poundworld and its rivals.
As well as all of its £1 lines, Poundworld introduced a range of multi-price products across its estate of stores in 2017 to offer customers 'More Choice, More Savings'.
Suffering intense competition from the addition of multi-price products, combined with difficulties arising from the weak pound, Poundworld entered administration in June 2018. Closing sales began in stores late that month. In July 2018, Poundworld confirmed that all stores were to close by 10 August 2018 after rescue talks with original founder Chris Edwards failed