Wilko will begin shutting its doors for good on Tuesday, as the high-street retailer prepares to close down.
Stores across the country, from as far apart as Aldershot, Falmouth and Stafford, are among the 24 branches to shut, with a further 28 ceasing trading on Thursday.
Next week, another 124 more shops will go and the final 222 stores are all due to close by early next month.
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More than 1,000 staff will be made redundant this week, with all 12,500 of the company’s staff expected to lose their jobs as its 400 shops close.
It comes a day after administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said it had failed to find a buyer for the business who would take them on as Wilko shops and retain staff, but was still trying to sell the stores themselves.
On Monday, Sky News revealed a rescue deal for 100 outlets involving the owner of HMV had collapsed.
Full list of Wilko stores set to close this week
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Here are the 24 shops set to shut their doors on Tuesday:
Bishop Auckland, County Durham
Bletchley, Milton Keynes
Cardiff Bay Retail Park
Irvine, North Ayrshire
Liverpool Edge Lane
Port Talbot, Wales
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Wakefield, 121 Kirkgate
Westwood Cross Retail Park, Broadstairs, Kent
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Last week, rival retailer B&M agreed to buy 51 Wilko stores in a deal worth up to £13m.
The premises will be re-branded and it is unclear if the discount chain will keep on or rehire any Wilko staff.
Wilko – owned by the founding Wilkinson family for decades – collapsed into administration last month under pressure from weak consumer spending, fierce competition from other discount chains, such as Poundland and The Range, and debts to suppliers.
All Wilko sites have continued to trade since then to sell remaining stock, with the retailer discounting thousands of products.