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Administrators reveal which Wilko shops set to close next week

Evesham Editorial 6th Sep, 2023 Updated: 6th Sep, 2023   0

ADMINISTRATORS have revealed the 52 Wilko shops set to close next week due to the chain’s collapse.

And while the branches in Worcester, Redditch and Droitwich have been spared the axe, a rescue deal for the business hangs in the balance due to the “absence of viable offers” for the whole company, say PwC

26 shops will close on Tuesday, with a further 28 to shut on Thursday (September 14) and more than 1,000 staff are being made redundant.

Stores closing include branches in Liverpool, Cardiff, Acton and Falmouth.

Edward Williams, joint administrator at PwC, said the closures and job losses were “necessary” due to lack of buyers for the whole business.

“The loss of these stores will be felt not only by the team members who served them with such dedication, including through the uncertainty of recent weeks, but also the communities which they have been a part of,” said Mr Williams.




Administrators announced more than 1,300 redundancies on Tuesday, with job losses at the 52 stores as well as Wilko’s distribution and support centres.

Rival B&M has agreed a £13million deal for up to 51 of Wilko’s buildings, but the fate of the brand and a further 300 stores remains uncertain, with a bigger rescue package put forward by HMV’s Doug Putman understood to have been held up due to funding issues.


PwC said “active discussions with parties interested in buying parts of the business” were continuing and that it was “committed to preserving as many jobs as possible”.

But it warned that it was possible that “further store closures may regrettably be necessary”.

The retail chain, a stalwart of the High Street for decades, fell into administration in August after struggling with losses. It has around 12,500 staff and 400 shops

The following stores will close on 12 September:

Acton

Aldershot

Barking

Bishop Auckland

Bletchley

Brownhills

Camberley

Cardiff Bay Retail Park

Falmouth

Harpurhey

Irvine

Liverpool Edge Lane

Llandudno

Lowestoft

Morley

Nelson

Port Talbot

Putney

Stafford

Tunbridge Wells

Wakefield

Weston-super-Mare

Westwood Cross

Winsford

The following stores will close on 14 September:

Ashford

Avonmeads

Banbury

Barrow in Furness

Basildon, Belle Vale

Burnley

Clydebank

Cortonwood

Dagenham

Dewsbury

Eccles

Folkestone

Great Yarmouth

Hammersmith

Huddersfield

Morriston

New Malden

North Shields

Queen Street Cardiff

Rhyl

Southampton-West Quay

St Austell

Stockport

Truro

Uttoxeter

Walsall

Woking

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