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Wilko’s Llanelli and Merthyr stores to close

High street giant Wilko has confirmed major store closures as a result of the pandemic which will affect stores and staff in south Wales.

More than 300 people are likely to lose their jobs at stores across the UK, including in Llanelli and in Merthyr with both stores lined up for closure this summer.

They are two of 15 stores in the UK which are likely to close, with at least 300 jobs projected to be lost by union GMB. All 15 are planned to close by January 2023, while the Llanelli store will close in August and the Merthyr store in September.

Wilko has said the planned closures are not final and negotiations for any of the stores penned for closure could reopen.

(Image: Daily Post Wales)

The store planned to close in Llanelli is in the Market Precinct while the Merthyr store set to close is on Newmarket Walk.

CEO Jerome Saint-Marc said: “Our history is steeped in serving our customers and communities going back to 1930 but there’s no denying the way people shop with us and where they want to shop with us is changing.

“As a business we’re evolving and this includes working with landlords for more favourable terms, as well as looking at locations and store formats.

“We’ll continue to pull together to make our business better to secure the future of over 16,000 team members.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to support our affected team members who will be offered any available positions in nearby stores.”