Bristol Wilko store one of the 52 to close next week

Wilko will close 52 stores next weekWilko will close 52 stores next week
Wilko will close 52 stores next week | Wilko
More than 1,000 jobs will go across the UK

A Bristol branch of Wilko has been confirmed as one the 52 stores closing next week.

Wilko has confirmed a full list of 52 high street stores which will close next week, costing 1,016 jobs. Twenty-four stores will close for good on Tuesday, September 12, with a further 28 to close two days later.

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The Wilko store at Avonmeads, St Philips, will close its doors on September 14.

Other redundancies elsewhere in the company have also been confirmed by administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). There will be another 299 jobs lost at two Wilko warehouses, plus a further 17 redundancies at its support centre.

This comes on top of 269 job losses already announced at the Wilko support centre, plus 14 other redundancies at a subsidiary firm, which were confirmed by PwC last week. Wilko collapsed into administration last month, putting more than 400 stores and 12,500 jobs at risk.

The future of the chain has been up in the air since then, with rumours a majority of stores could be bought by the owner of HMV in a move that would save 8,000 jobs. However, the rescue deal is said to have hit a stumbling block.

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It was announced this week that B&M is to buy up to 51 stores in a deal worth £13million. However, B&M has not confirmed which Wilko shops it has bought, or if it will save any jobs. The stores are expected to be rebranded as B&M.

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