POUNDLAND will open 10 new stores in just a few days, as they replace those that were once Wilko shops.
All 400 of the collapsed retailer’s stores are set to close, with them all shutting by early October.
Wilko fell into administration in AugustCredit: Alamy
Wilko went into administration on August 10 and since then a flurry of potential buyers have shown their interest.
Among those were discount chain Poundland, which purchased 71 stores and they’re opening in just a few days.
The first 10 locations will be pretty basic to begin with but they will receive a full makeover in 2024.
The shops will mostly include Poundland items but also a selection of Wilko products that weren’t sold during the closing down sales.
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Here’s the full list of Poundland stores replacing old Wilko sites on Saturday morning (September 30).
Broad Street, Stafford
Pendle Rise Shopping Centre, Nelson
The Peel Centre, Great Portwood Street, Stockport
The Mall, Church Street, Eccles
36-40 London Street, Southport
Lord Street, Leigh
22/28 East Street, Barking
88-90 High Street, Maidenhead
2 -12 Bede Precinct, Viking Centre, Jarrow
Unit 2 The Broadway, Scunthorpe
Darren Kay, retail director at Poundland, said: “We’re pleased to be able to re-open so quickly – not least because our ambition is to provide job opportunities for former Wilko colleagues.
“Of course, we’re not yet in a position to offer our fullest ranges in these stores, but we know customers will appreciate a shop that’s open, trading and employing colleagues to one that’s got its shutters closed.
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“We’d encourage customers old and new to come and say hello to their new Poundland team from this coming Saturday in each of these 10 locations.”
The Range recently snapped up the Wilko brand, including the name and website, in a £5million deal with administrators.
A message has since appeared on the Wilko website telling customers home delivery is “returning soon”.
An exact date for when the service is returning is yet to be revealed.
B&M also purchased 51 stores which means more Wilko stores will be reopening in the near future.
It’s not yet confirmed which branches, but previously said it’ll give an update in November.
Wilko stores have been closing across the month of September.
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