The Range to open new stores; owner to bring back Wilko

The owner of discount retailer The Range is set to launch a number of Wilko brand store back on the High Street.

CDS Superstores has revealed that it will launch five stand-alone ‘concept stores’ before Christmas, with the first two locations to be in Plymouth and Exeter.

The move comes after the collapse of Worksop-headquartered Wilko. Parts of the business was sold off to various buyers, including CDS, which says the roll-out of Wilko stores will continue throughout 2024.

Alex Simpkin, CEO of CDS Superstores, said in a statement: “For the majority of its 93 years, Wilko was an incredibly successful business that gave its customers exactly what they needed to get their home and garden jobs sorted. It was their advanced own-brand capabilities that encouraged us to invest in the brand and and we’re excited to now be selling wilko products online once more and across our 200 stores network.

“The public reaction to the loss of wilko stores was undeniable. It’s clear that there’s a huge love for wilko and we’ve seen an encouraging demand for the return of its own-brand products. That’s why we’ve taken the decision to reintroduce wilko back to many of the high streets and communities that it used to so proudly serve.

“The team from Wilko that joined us through the acquisition has shown true resilience, they’ve set to work to integrate the best parts of wilko into The Range’s operational systems. We’re expanding that team every day with new wilko hires and can’t wait to extend that back out to local communities.

“We’ll endeavour to give ex-Wilko employees priority as a part of the recruitment process for the new stores.”

In other news, The Range has confirmed three new store openings in Walkden, Chelmsford and Leamington Spa.

The Walkden store will open on 24 November 2023 and will be situated at Ellesmere Retail Park on New Ellesmere Approach.

The Chelmsford store will open on 1 December 2023 and will be situated on High Street, while the Leamington Spa store will also open on the same date and will be based at The Shires Retail Park.

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