Wilko: Clydebank branch to close next week

Yet another blow for shoppers in West Dunbartonshire

Woman walks by Wilko storefront

Clydebank is one of the 52 Wilko shops set to close next week due to the chain’s collapse have been named.

Administrators PwC said 24 shops would close next Tuesday, with a further 28 to shut on Thursday, 14 September, including the one in the Clyde Shipping Centre, due to the “absence of viable offers” for the whole company.

More than 1,000 staff are being made redundant as hopes of a rescue deal for the business hang in the balance. We do not have any numbers at this stage for staff who will use their jobs in West Dunbartonshire, where shopping centres in Vale of Leven and Dumbarton are struggling to survive.

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 £13m 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

Wilko was founded in 1930 and by the 1990s had become one of Britain’s fastest-growing retailers. But the chain has faced strong competition in recent years from rivals including B&M, Poundland, both of which have branches in Dumbarton, and Home Bargains.

Some retailers such as Dunelm, which also has premises in Clydebank,  and Toolstation have urged Wilko employees to apply for roles.

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