Full list of Wilko shops closing today as shoppers have hours to bag bargains
Wilko will shut a further 28 stores after the end of trading on Thursday as the collapsed retailer continues with the closure of all its stores.
The high street chain, which entered administration last month, started its first phase of closures by shutting 24 shops on Tuesday, with a total of 52 closing this week.
All of Wilko’s 400 shops will close by early October, according to administrators from PwC.
Earlier on Thursday, administrators confirmed rival discount chain The Range has snapped up Wilko’s brand, website and intellectual property.
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The following Wilko shops will close on Thursday September 14:
Belle Vale, Liverpool
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Eccles, Greater Manchester
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
New Malden, South-west London
North Shields, Tyne and Wear
Queen Street, Cardiff
Southampton West Quay
St Austell, Cornwall
Stockport, Greater Manchester
Bosses at trade union GMB has said it is “likely” all 12,500 jobs at the chain will be lost with all 400 branches set to close by early October.
The cash-stripped retailer has struggled with competition from discount shops and the move away from town high street shops to out-of-town retail parks.
HMV boss Doug Putman was poised to take on 300 of the shops but the rescue deal has now fallen through.
Staff will hear from administrators at PwC over the next few days about what will happen next.
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The HMV rescue deal fell through after the rising costs involved made the agreement untenable.
Doug Putman, founder of Putman Investments, said: “It is with great disappointment that we can no longer continue in the purchase process for Wilko having worked with administrators and suppliers over several weeks to seek a viable way to rescue it as a going concern.
“We had financing in place and received the full support of PWC, Wilko management and staff representatives, which we are deeply thankful for considering what a challenging time it has been for them.
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