Date confirmed for closure of Bedford’s Wilko stores

The Wilko store at the Interchange Retail Park

Staff at Bedford’s two Wilko branches are among thousands that will lose their jobs as it has been confirmed that all of the retailer’s remaining stores will close.

A rescue bid, which it was hoped might save some of the stores, has now completely collapsed, meaning that the first of the closures will begin today (Tuesday).

Administrators PwC have confirmed that the Bedford stores will close on Thursday 21 September.

Zelf Hussain, joint administrator, said “Despite the significant and intensive efforts of both ourselves and Putman Investments – the remaining party interested in buying a significant part of the business as a going concern – a transaction could not be progressed due to the inability to reduce central infrastructure costs quickly enough to make a deal commercially viable.

“The dedication shown by all team members during this period has been hugely humbling and we are grateful for the patience and understanding they have shown.

“As with those who have already been given notice of redundancy, we will guide and support those team members impacted over the coming weeks through the redundancy claims process. We also continue to collaborate closely with relevant agencies and engage with any potential employers to help facilitate a quick return into new employment for those impacted.

“We continue to work with potential buyers for different parts of the business and are confident of completing transactions in the coming days.”

We have contacted Bedford’s Mayor, MP, local councillors and business owners for their comments on the impact this will have on the High Street and town centre and will bring you more coverage throughout the day.

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