UK discount retailer 99p Stores has revealed plans to roll out its store network into Scotland over the next three years.

The first store will open in Ayr next month with plans to open a further four in Scotland over the next six months. The retailer said it will open an additional 25 over the next three years, creating around 500 jobs in total.

The retailer, which currently operates 223 stores across England and Wales said it saved Scotland to last because its shoppers “are the canniest of all when it comes to value”. 

Owner Hussein Lalani said: “Scottish shoppers are value-savvy – we are extremely excited about this next challenge.

“Spending patterns have been completely revolutionised over the last few years,” Lalani said. “The buying public is no longer prepared to pay a penny over the odds whatever their disposable income.”

Lalani said the group is looking at a number of sites across Scotland for the new stores but is also calling for feedback from the public.

99p Stores sell a range of merchandise from food and drink to toys and clothing.