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Full list of UK Wiko shops shutting as store announces ‘devastating’ closures

In a further blow to the British High Street, Wilko has announced devastating plans to close 15 stores across the country this year.

It's thought the plans will result in the loss of around 67 jobs.

The Mirror reports that the beloved home bargain store has said that it has opened negotiations with landlords and that stores with 'non-favourable terms' will close this year as a part of the chain's "long-term growth strategy."

Of the stores marked for closure, 11 branches have an alternative Wilko within a five-mile radius.

Speaking after the announcement, Jerome Saint-Marc, Wilko chief executive, said; “Our history is steeped in serving our customers and communities going back to 1930 but there’s no denying the way people shop with us and where they want to shop with us is changing."

"As a business, we’re evolving and this includes working with landlords for more favourable terms, as well as looking at locations and store formats. We’ll continue to pull together to make our business better to secure the future of over 16,000 team members”.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to support our affected team members who will be offered any available positions in nearby stores.

"We apologise to those communities where stores are closing but will continue to offer them everything they need in nearby stores or via wilko.com.”

The move has been described as "another nail in the high street coffin" by trade union group GMB.

Roger Jenkins, GMB National Officer, said: "These closures are devastating for Wilko workers and the communities who use them.

“It’s yet another nail in the High Street’s coffin and GMB calls on councils and landlords to review commercial leases and offer lower rents.

“Empty high streets and shopping centres are in no one’s interest and but with 400 shops a week closing, this is inevitable – unless the costs of premises can be reduced.

“GMB will now meet with Wilko members to discuss our next steps.”

If you work for Wilko and are worried about your job role becoming redundant, there are a few ways you can try to plan for this.

Read up on your rights, especially when it comes to redundancy pay and settlements.

The law states you should be entitled to statutory redundancy pay if you’ve worked for your current employer for two years or more.

You’ll get:

  • half a week’s pay for each full year you were under 22
  • one week’s pay for each full year you were 22 or older, but under 41
  • one and half week’s pay for each full year you were 41 or older

Your weekly pay is the average you earned per week over the 12 weeks before the day you got your redundancy notice.

Check your notice period, so you know what you are required to work or be paid for.

Some affected staff may be offered a transfer to an alternative Wilko branch. Your 30-day consultation starts from the day you are formally told about the closure.

Statutory redundancy pay under £30,000 is not taxable.

However, your employer will deduct tax and National Insurance contributions from any wages or holiday pay they owe you.

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The full list of stores closing are as follows:

  • Bournemouth
  • Stockton
  • Shipley
  • The Fort
  • Scunthorpe
  • Narborough Road
  • Grantham
  • Redditch
  • Rotherham
  • Skegness
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Orpington
  • Edmonton Green
  • Llanelli
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Cleethorpes

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