Wilko to open new stores including 2 in Midlands - full list

The wilko chain has announced that new stores across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland which will offer shoppers everything they need
The Wilko chain is making a come back -Credit:PA

Wilko is making a return to the High Street - and is getting ready to open new stores before Easter. The bargain retailer will be coming back and is opening two stores in the East Midlands - not none in the West Midlands as it stands.

The well-loved budget shop is making a comeback on the UK high street after a high-profile collapse last summer. Two new UK shops are going to open their doors before Easter.

CDS Superstores, which now runs The Range and Wilko, told everyone at the end of last year that they were bringing Wilko back to our town centres. Three old Wilko shops have already opened up again and let customers in for the first time in December.

The nearest to Birmingham will be Leicester.

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Where Wilko stores will open:

  • Croydon Purley Way (Next Home).

  • Carlisle (Next Home).

  • Camberley.

  • York Vangarde Retail Park.

  • Leicester Fosse Park West.

  • Nottingham Giltbrook.

  • Leeds Birstall Retail Park.

  • Thurrock (Next Home).

  • Ipswich Martlesham Heath.

  • Maidstone Eclipse.

Two more shops are going to open on March 29 at 9 in the morning. You can find these shops in St Albans at The Maltings and in Rotherham at Parkgate Shopping Park.

When Wilko first talked about opening these shops, they said: "The new stores will offer shoppers everything they need to get all their home and garden jobs done."

This news from Poole comes after Wilko had a good start with new kinds of shops in Plymouth, Exeter, and Luton. Wilko is planning to come back "bigger and better" than before, with popular features like next-day delivery and flexible payment terms set to return.

Alex Simpkin, the Chief Executive Officer of Wilko, said: "The initial reaction to the new concept stores has been even better than we'd hoped, we've seen queues of both returning and new customers at the store launches and the feedback is giving us the confidence we need to continue with our store opening plans."

"We're in advanced negotiations with a number of landlords and are continuing to review all options as a part of our roll-out plan. Any interested agents or landlords should get in touch. We'll continue to endeavour to give ex-Wilko employees priority as a part of the recruitment process for the new stores."

In September 2023, Wilko announced it would be closing all of its shops, leaving loyal customers heartbroken. The retailer went under after struggling with inflationary pressures, competition from rivals and supply chain challenges.

Administrators PwC were brought in but talks with interested firms failed to secure a rescue deal for the whole company with a potential takeover by HMV owner Doug Putman falling through. After its collapse, shoppers were relieved to hear that The Range had bought the brand in a £5million deal - meaning the name would live on.

The discount store later revealed it would be selling Wilko products in its stores, before then announcing the return of brick-and-mortar shops.Several competitors have snapped up parts of Wilko's store portfolio, including Poundland, which bought 71 stores. All these sites are now open.