Full list of Wilko stores to shut next week, including London locations

Full list of Wilko stores to shut next week, including London locations

Wilko is continuing to shut down shops this week with all 400 to have closed for good by early October as the collapse of the high street chain takes shape.

The discount hardware shop is closing outlets in three waves this week, with 111 to close before Friday.

The chain officially began to lay staff off on September 12, as administrators confirmed all the group’s remaining shops, warehouse and support centre workers were set to lose their jobs.

Family-owned Wilko employed 12,500 staff and ran 400 shops before it hired administrators early last month after it came under pressure from weak consumer spending and debts to suppliers.

Billionaire owner of HMV Doug Putman said he had hoped to save a lot of stores and jobs, and was hoping to keep up to 300 Wilko shops open, but his bid has failed as rising costs complicated the deal.

B&M and Poundland have each made announcements confirming that they will save some stores and rebrand them under their own names. 71 Wilko shops will rebrand under Poundland, and 51 will become B&M stores.

Wilko chief executive Mark Jackson said management had “left no stone unturned” in its efforts to preserve the business. He added: “But we must concede that, with regret, we’ve no choice but to take the difficult decision to enter into administration.”

Deals to buy Wilko have fallen through (PA Wire)
Deals to buy Wilko have fallen through (PA Wire)

Why is Wilko closing?

The firm was unable to secure emergency funding to save its 400 stores throughout the UK.

Wilko has struggled in the economic climate and last year borrowed £40 million to stay afloat, changed its leadership team, and sold a distribution centre.

It also struggled to pay suppliers and this led to shoppers noticing gaps on its shelves.

Last year, the owners of the brand took £3 million in dividends despite the business falling almost £37 million into the red before the injection of £40 million.

Wilko is continuing to trade while in administration but overall control is with the administrator rather than former management.

When is Wilko closing down? 

Business leaders behind Poundland, Primark, and Home Bargains were all reportedly in the running for a takeover bid but this appears to have failed and time has run out.

As of now, no decisions have been officially announced and many remaining Wilko stores are still operating. Announcements on closures and job losses are expected imminently.

Which stores are closing?

The following stores shut on Monday, September 25:

  • Altrincham, Greater Manchester

  • Ashton, Greater Manchester

  • Barry, WalesBridgwater, Somerset

  • Cleveleys, Lancashire

  • Cockermouth, Cumbria

  • Crossgates, Leeds

  • Darlington, County Durham

  • Dartford, Kent

  • Dereham, Norfolk

  • Giltbrook, Nottingham

  • Great Malvern, Worcestershire

  • Haverfordwest, Wales

  • Headingley, West Yorkshire

  • High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

  • Ilkeston, Derbyshire

  • Killingworth, North Tyneside

  • Lichfield, Staffordshire

  • Louth, Lincolnshire

  • Market Drayton, Shropshire

  • Northfield, Birmingham

  • Oakham, Rutland

  • Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire

  • Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

  • Ramsgate, Kent

  • Skelmersdale, Lancashire

  • Staines, Surrey

  • Strood, Kent

  • Stroud, Gloucestershire

  • Thamesmead, Greater London

  • Thetford, Norfolk

  • Trowbridge, Wiltshire

  • Walthamstow, Greater London

  • Warrington, Lancashire

  • Waterlooville, Hampshire

  • Winton, Dorset

  • Yiewsley, Greater London

The hardware and furnishings retailer fell into administration (PA Wire)
The hardware and furnishings retailer fell into administration (PA Wire)

The following stores will shut on Tuesday, September 26:

  • Acocks Green, Birmingham, West Midlands

  • Alnwick, Northumberland

  • Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales

  • Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire

  • Arnison-Durham, Durham, County Durham

  • Bedford, Bedfordshire

  • Blyth, Northumberland

  • Boston, Lincolnshire, East Midlands

  • Brentwood, Essex

  • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

  • Chester Le Street, County Durham

  • Gillingham, Kent

  • Gloucester, Gloucestershire

  • Greenwich, London

  • Halesowen, Dudley, West Midlands

  • Harlow, Essex

  • Hartlepool, County Durham

  • Kidderminster, Worcestershire

  • Lewisham, London

  • Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Meadowhall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

  • Motherwell, North Lanarkshire

  • Newark, Nottinghamshire

  • Nuneaton, Warwickshire

  • Rainham, London

  • Runcorn, Cheshire

  • Six Acre Shopping Centre, Sale, Greater Manchester

  • Salford, Greater Manchester

  • South Shields, Tyne and Wear

  • Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

  • Thornaby, North Yorkshire

  • Watford, Hertfordshire

  • Wellington, Somerset

  • Whitehaven, Cumbria

  • Wigston, Leicestershire

  • Worksop, Nottinghamshire

  • Yeovil, Somerset

The retailer has revealed the locations of stores to shut (PA Wire)
The retailer has revealed the locations of stores to shut (PA Wire)

The following stores will shut on Thursday, September 28:

  • Allenton, Derby, Derbyshire

  • Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

  • Bedminster, Bristol

  • Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

  • Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset

  • Bull Ring, Birmingham, West Midlands

  • Chippenham, Wiltshire

  • Clowne, Derbyshire

  • Corby, Northamptonshire

  • Cowley, Oxfordshire

  • Dudley, West Midlands

  • Fareham, Hampshire

  • Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

  • Gravesend, Kent

  • Hayes, Middlesex

  • Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

  • Hull, East Yorkshire

  • Kenilworth, Warwickshire

  • Kettering, Northamptonshire

  • Kings Lynn, Norfolk

  • Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

  • Leek, Staffordshire

  • Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

  • Middlebrook, Bolton, Greater Manchester

  • Mildenhall, Suffolk

  • Newbury, Berkshire

  • Northallerton, North Yorkshire

  • Redditch, Worcestershire

  • Redhill, Surrey

  • Retford, Nottinghamshire

  • Rugby, Warwickshire

  • Rushden, Northamptonshire

  • Spalding, Lincolnshire

  • St Helens, Merseyside

  • Syston, Leicestershire

  • Wallasey, Merseyside

  • Wellingborough, Northamptonshire