Shoppers' 'sadness' as Wilko shuts the last of its Sussex stores
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Stores in Crawley, Eastbourne and Bognor closed on September 17 and Worthing and Burgess Hill branches are to shut on Thursday October 5.
The Horsham shop in Swan Walk shopping centre will close on Sunday October 8 – and the news has been met with sadness by Horsham residents.
Many have taken to social media to speak of their sorrow. One said: “Loved going into that shop when visiting Horsham. Will miss it.”
Another said: “Will really miss Wilkos as used to buy lots of things in there.”
And another added: “”Praise for staff doing a great job in displayiing products in a professional and attractive way – it can’t be easy knowing they are losing their jobs.”
Another said simply: “Gutted.” And: “Such a shame.”
The Wilko chain had earlier been involved in rescue talks in a bid to save its 400 shops with 12,000 staff across the UK.
The business has been trading since 1930 when it was launched during the great depression.
When first announcing the company’s collapse Wilko chief executive Mark Jackson said: “We left no stone unturned when it came to preserving this incredible business but must concede that with regret, we’ve no choice but to take the difficult decision to enter into administration.”
The stores have been closing in phases across the country with Horsham’s site among the last to go.