A POPULAR Saltcoats town centre shop has re-opened after a four month closure period.

Locals were left devestated in May this year when Pound Express suddenly closed its doors under a cloud of uncertainty.

Reports from the town and social media speculation stated that locksmiths were seen at the shop, changing locks as the shutter was pulled over as it closed around the time of King Charles III's coronation.

The shop did not re-open, and its popular social media page on Facebook was removed.

However, those visiting the town on Tuesday, September 5, may have noticed that the shutters were up once again and that the shop was re-opened.

And it has now been confirmed that Pound Express is again returning to the town centre.

Some locals had noticed that the Dockhead Street shop was in operation, and a social media post yesterday, Wednesday, September 6, confirmed the exciting news.

The popular bargain store is now under new management and bosses have teased that there are "exciting new changes", as well as "more value for Saltcoats".

A spokesperson for the shop said: "We're thrilled to announce the grand re-opening of your favourite pound shop in Saltcoats.

"We're already back in action. Join us as we unveil our fresh look and a fantastic range of affordable products tailored just for you.

"Get ready for a shopping experience like never before. See you there!"

The re-opening has already been branded "really good news for the town" as locals look forward to returning to the popular shop.