The Range has announced today the dates that three of its new Wilko stores will be opening.
The three new stores will be opening in Plymouth, Exeter and Luton, with two more stores set to be announced in unconfirmed locations in the South East and North of England opening before Christmas.
The Plymouth and Exeter stores will both be opening in four weeks’ time on December 1 – the Plymouth store returning to its Armada Centre location and the Exeter store making a reappearance at the Guildhall Shopping Centre.
A week later, on December 8, Luton’s Arndale Centre will be welcoming back Wilko for business.
Wilko New Stores Opening Locations and Dates
- Plymouth, Armada Centre – December 1
- Exeter, Guildhall Shopping Centre – December 1
- Luton, Arndale Centre – December 8
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Alex Simpkin, Chief Executive of CDS Superstores, said: “It’s clear that there’s a huge love for Wilko and we’re proud to confirm we’ll be re-introducing the brand to high streets in Plymouth, Exeter and Luton in the coming weeks.
“We’re also glad to be bringing employment opportunities to these towns and for helping local families and communities have easy access to all the everyday home and garden items they need once again.
“This initial rollout is only the beginning for our plans for revitalising the Wilko brand on the nation’s high streets and retail parks, and we’ll be announcing further store launches and re-openings throughout 2024.”
High street retailer Wilko has endured a turbulent 2023 after announcing it had gone into administration in August.
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The versatile high street favourite was forced to close 400 of its UK stores in the following month, and shut its final 41 high street stores on October 8.
Wilko, which was founded in 1930, reportedly owed around £625 million before it collapsed – however, fellow retailer B&M bought 51 Wilko stores for £13 million in September, and Poundland acquired 71 Wilko Stores.
Further hope for Wilko came when The Range acquired the Wilko brand, website and intellectual property – beginning to sell Wiko products online from October 13 on a relaunched website.
The Range started selling Wilko branded items in its stores from last week, bringing the 93-year-old store back to the shelves.
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