Shoppers want to know more about the Wilko stores reopening, and whether their local high street is affected by the change.
Everyday essentials retailer Wilko collapsed into administration earlier this year, leaving shoppers across the UK wondering which Wilko stores were closing. But following the news that B&M and Poundland had bought some Wilko stores, things have been looking a little brighter for Wilko employees - many of whom have been told they will be able to keep their jobs in the rebranded stores.
Much like the Boots store closures earlier this year, the disappearance of Wilkos from the UK is another blow to the high street, but now news has come that some of the old stores are set to open their doors again. Here's the full list of confirmed Wilko stores reopening so far...
Which Wilko stores are reopening?
Five Wilko stores are expected to reopen before Christmas, alongside several more stores which will reopen as Poundlands, after a number of sites were bought by the chain.
CDS Superstores, the parent company of The Range, which also struck a deal with Wilkos, has said that two Wilko shops in Plymouth and Exeter will become concept stores, while a further two stores will be in the South East and the final will be in the North.
The chief executive of CDS Superstores has said that former Wilko employees will have priority when it comes to staffing the reopened shops.
In addition, Wilko branded goods are now on sale in 210 of The Range's stores and online, and will soon be available at wilko.com too.
Which Wilko stores have reopened as Poundlands?
Broad Street, Chell Road, Stafford, Staffordshire
Pendle Rise Shopping Centre, Nelson, Lancashire
The Peel Centre, Great Portwood Street, Stockport
The Mall, Church Street, Eccles, Manchester
London Street, Southport, Merseyside
Lord Street, Leigh, Greater Manchester
East Street, Barking, London
High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Bede Precinct, Viking Centre, Jarrow
The Broadway, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire
Carregaman Road, Ammanford
Institute Lane, Alfreton
Pavilion Shopping Centre, Thornaby
Market Place, South Shields
Killingworth Centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury
Salter Shopping Centre, Droitwich
High Street, Redhill
Charles Street, Leicester
Darren Kay, Poundland retail director, has said: "We're pleased to be able to re-open so quickly - not least because our ambition is to provide job opportunities for former Wilko colleagues.
"Of course, we’re not yet in a position to offer our fullest ranges in these stores, but we know customers will appreciate a shop that’s open, trading and employing colleagues to one that’s got its shutters closed."
Other Wilko stores reopening as Poundlands in 2023
November 4, 2023:
Lagny Street, Alnwick
Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds
Freeman Street, Grimsby
St Andrews Retail Park, Hull
Bore Street, Lichfield
High Street, Wombwell, Barnsley
Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, London
Oak Mall Centre, Greenock
Castle Dene Shopping Centre, Peterlee
Butterly Business Park, Dublin
Southgate Street, Gloucester (relocation)
Cornmarket, Lancaster (relocation)
Pallion Retail Park, Sunderland
Stonehills, Welwyn Garden City
High Street, Portishead (relocation)
Market Street, Crewkerne
High Street, Midsomer Norton, Radstock
Midland Road, Bedford
Preston Street, Faversham
High Street, Newport, Shropshire
The Harlequin Centre, High Street, Watford (relocation)
High Road, Wood Green, London (relocation)
Cleveragh Retail Park, Sligo
High Street, Wells
The Fort Shopping Park, Birmingham
The Broadway, Plymstock, Plymouth (relocation)
Why are some Wilko stores reopening as Poundland?
Poundland owner Pepco agreed earlier this month to buy up to 71 Wilko stores from administrator PwC following the collapse of the high street chain. Wilko was forced to shut its doors for good after failing to secure emergency funding.
In addition, fellow discount chain B&M has bought 51 other Wilko stores, which will also be reopening at a later date, while The Range has bought Wilko's brand, website and intellectual property. This means Wilko's name will not completely disappear from high streets, as own-brand items will appear in The Range stores.