Wilko stores reopening: Exact date stores will return to UK high street

A general view of a Wilko store on August 7, 2023 in Cardiff

A general view of a Wilko store on August 7, 2023 in Cardiff

Jack Walters

By Jack Walters

Published: 03/11/2023

- 11:45

Updated: 03/11/2023

- 11:53

Some old Wilko stores have been bought up and reopened by other retailers

Wilko has announced the exact date its first set of new stores will reopen as it prepares to return to the high street just in time for Christmas.

The popular retailer was left in a financially desolate position earlier this year but was bought by rival discounter The Range.

CDS Superstores, which trades the two retailers, confirmed last week it will relaunch the chain at sites across Great Britain.

It has since confirmed the locations and opening dates for its first three stores.

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Outlets in Plymouth and Exeter will open on December 1.

Wilko’s Luton store will also start welcoming customers from December 8.

The announcement will give some shoppers the opportunity to return to the discount retailer just in time for Christmas.

Another two stores will open just ahead of festivities.

Wilko closing down sale signs

Wilko launched a massive sale ahead of mass closures on October 8


Alex Simpkin, chief executive of CDS Superstores said; “It’s clear that there’s a huge love for Wilko and we’re proud to confirm we’ll be re-introducing the brand to high streets in Plymouth, Exeter and Luton in the coming weeks.

“We’re also glad to be bringing employment opportunities to these towns and for helping local families and communities have easy access to all the everyday home and garden items they need once again.

"‘This initial rollout is only the beginning for our plans for revitalising the Wilko brand on the nation’s high streets and retail parks, and we’ll be announcing further store launches and re-openings throughout 2024."

The new stores will open just weeks after Wilko pulled down the shutters on its remaining sites on October 8.

Wilko store

Wilko had more than 400 stores


Wilko was forced to close around 400 shops after it tumbled into administration in August.

Rival companies later stepped in to save a number of stores.

Poundland purchased 71 Wilko stores and B&M agreed to buy up another 51 locations.

Administrators agreed the sale of Wilko’s brand name to The Range in a £5million deal struck in September.

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