The Wilko brand has been purchased and new stores have already already planned in the UK. The concept stores are due to open in early November and although the news was very sad for so many people losing their jobs when the retailer went bust, it is amazing to see a new approach and investment back into our high streets.
Wilko is planning to recruit up to 80 local team members in each store, with the new brand owner, CDS Superstores, which also owns The Range, pledging to prioritise interviews for ex-Wilko employees. Those interested in roles at the store can apply via the jobs page here. However, it does not stop there the CDS group is already on the lookout for new retail space between 20,000 and 45,000 square feet in size.
Where will the new concept stores be?
The new concept stores have been agreed in the below locations:-
- Plymouth, which opens at Unit A, Armada Centre, Mayflower Street, Plymouth, PL1 1QL Opening on 1 December
- Exeter, which opens at Unit 100, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter, EX4 3HP on Opening on 1 December
- Luton, which opens at 141/147 Arndale Centre, Luton, LU1 2TN on Opening on 8 December
The CEO of CDS Superstores, both trading as Wilko and The Range, Alex Simpkin said; “It’s clear that there’s a huge love for Wilko and we’re proud to confirm we’ll be reintroducing 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 of 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.”
Two further concept stores are also on the way with the locations unannounced, I do hope to see a new sore pop in my local town.
Where are further new stores planned for Wilko 2024?
In a recent statement “The CDS Superstores’ property team is encouraging landlords across the UK to open productive conversations if they’re interested in being considered for the Wilko roll-out programme.” The new Wilko brand owners aim to bring stores back in England, Scotland, and Wales as well as for the first time in Northern Ireland in the below locations:-
England – Where will the new Wilko stores and shops be or planned?
|Alnwick Bath Bicester Biggleswade Birkenhead Birmingham Blackpool
Blyth Bordon Boston Bournemouth Bradford Brentwood Brighouse
St Edmunds Cambridge Castleford
Chatham Chelmsford Cheltenham
|Chesterfield Chippenham Cockermouth Coventry
Dewsbury Doncaster Droitwich
Dudley Dunstable Durham
Ely Epsom Fareham Ferndown
Gainsborough Gillingham Grays
Great Malvern Grimsby Halesowen
Hemel Hempstead Hinckley
Kenilworth Kings Lynn
Liverpool Loughborough Louth
Maidstone Manchester Manchester
Market Harborough Matlock Middlesborough
Newcastle Upon Tyne Northampton Northwich
Norwich Nottingham Nuneaton
Poole Portsmouth Ramsgate Reading
Retford Rochester Rotherham
|Southend Spalding St Albans
Sutton in Ashfield Sutton In Surrey Swansea
West Drayton Weymouth Wigston
Winsford Wolverhampton Worksop
London – Where will the new Wilko stores and shops be or planned?
CDS’s Head of Property for the Range and Wilko, Matthias Daly, said: “This is an exciting opportunity, not only for Wilko but for retail landlords nationwide.
“We’re glad to be returning to the high street, driving new jobs, and becoming an integral part of the local community once again. We welcome landlord support in bringing this growth plan to life and look forward to discussions with potential partners as our store opening plans progress.”
If you’re a retail landlord who wants to join Wilko on this growth trajectory, they’re seeking introductions to units between 20,000 and 45,000 square feet in size.
Any landlords who have retail space in these areas are encouraged to contact Matthias Daly or Sharon Jones at email@example.com for more information on how they can help the rebirth of Wilko.
What do I hope to see from the new Wilko?
I personally first and foremost want to see retail units filled, to help bring back the British high street and create jobs The Range has the experience and leadership to do this so I am hoping for the best. Secondly, as most people, we want quality and value to return to Wilko, It is not enough just to bring back the brand it’s important to go back to the business’s routes again The Range team is in an excellent place to do this.
I hope the new Wilko team enjoy their journey #lovewilko – Money Lad
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