More store closures warning

The administrator of homewares chain Wilko has warned that more stores could close, after confirming the first two tranches of closures.

The branches in Acton; Aldershot; Barking; Bishop Auckland; Bletchley FF; 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 and Winsford will close on 12 September.

14 September will see the closure of stores in 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 and Woking.

‘In the absence of viable offers for the whole business, very sadly store closures and redundancies of team members from those stores are now necessary. 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,’ says Edward Williams, joint administrator.

‘We are enormously grateful for the support of team members during this difficult period and remain committed to doing all we can to help affected staff, assisting them with processing redundancy claims and working with relevant parties to help secure new employment as quickly as possible.

‘Active discussions with parties interested in buying parts of the business continue and the administrators remain committed to preserving as many jobs as possible. However, depending on the outcome of those talks, it is possible that further store closures may regrettably be necessary.’

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