Wilko suspends online orders as administrator appointed with Birmingham stores at risk

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Wilko is on the brink of collapse putting 12,000 jobs and 400 high street stores at risk across the country with Birmingham stores at risk

Wilko has temporarily suspended online orders and home delivery with the firm on the brink of collapse. The high street retailer confirmed it was going into admin, it would put 12,000 jobs at risk and potentially close some of its 408 stores - including two in and around Birmingham.

A notice on the store’s site on Wednesday said the service was "currently unavailable" but said customers could still do click-and-collect. Earlier this year, Wilko bosses said the click and collect service accounted for 42% of online sales.

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In a statement, CEO Mark Jackson said: "We’ve all fought hard to keep this incredible business intact but must concede that time has run out and now, we must do what’s best to preserve as many jobs as possible, for as long as is possible, by working with our appointed administrators."

PwC will handle the administration for the chain, which has around 400 stores. Mr Jackson said there had recently been a "significant level of interest" from other firms in Wilko, "including indicative offers that we believe would meet all our financial criteria to recapitalise the business".

Troubled high street retailer Wilko has suspended home deliveries as it races for a rescue deal to avoid collapse. (Photo supplied by Wilko/Shutterstock)Troubled high street retailer Wilko has suspended home deliveries as it races for a rescue deal to avoid collapse. (Photo supplied by Wilko/Shutterstock)
Troubled high street retailer Wilko has suspended home deliveries as it races for a rescue deal to avoid collapse. (Photo supplied by Wilko/Shutterstock)

Which Wilko stores in and around Birmingham are at risk?

The retailer, which has been on British highstreets since 1930 has been unable to find emergency investment to save its 400 shops across the UK. The firm’s boss, Mark Jackson, said management had “left no stone unturned” in its attempts to save the business.

BirminghamWorld previously reported that the Wilko stores at The Fort in Castle Bromwich and in Redditch were at risk of closure. The company also has branches in Kings Heath, Perry Barr, Selly Oak, Acocks Green, Northfield, Chelmsley Wood, Black Heath and Great Bridge.

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