1st December 2023

Queues of customers celebrate the return of wilko

Wilko stores will return Everyday home and garden retailer wilko opens the first of its new stores and welcomes crowds in Plymouth and Exeter

Check the opening times for new stores and available facilities here.

Ahead of a national roll-out across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, wilko is today (1 December) celebrating the opening its first new concept stores in Plymouth and Exeter.

The stores welcomed queues of returning wilko customers eager to get their hands on their much-loved products. The two store openings today will be closely followed by Luton (8th December) with more to be announced imminently.

Everything you’d expect from wilko and more (20% more product lines actually). The new stores offer customers all the essentials needed to get their home and garden jobs done – great value wilko own brand products alongside popular named brands. Customers are also able to browse and order from the 100,000 items available on wilko.com using self-service terminals for home delivery.

Pick and mix is back alongside the welcome return of the National Lottery. New fixtures in these concept stores include a unique paint mixing service on-site, so customers can create and take home their very own perfect shade for their next DIY project and a handy key cutting service.

When recruiting teams for the new stores, ex-wilko employees have been prioritised with three quarters of the original team returning in Plymouth and a third in Exeter across all levels.

The new stores will deliver the very best of what wilko as a brand that people know, love and trust had to offer, including its advanced own-brand capabilities and digital marketplace, alongside the operational efficiencies of The Range, its buying expertise and infrastructure.

CEO of CDS Superstores, trading as The Range and wilko, Alex Simpkin said; “The customer reaction to the new stores opening today has been fantastic and proves we’re doing the right thing in returning this much-loved retailer to UK high streets.”

Following the recent re-launch of wilko.com and the announcement that wilko products are to be sold in The Range’s 200 stores, parent company CDS Superstores International which owns both The Range and wilko brands plans to reintroduce wilko stores across the UK with the roll-out continuing throughout 2024. And, for the first time in the brand’s history, wilko stores are planned for Northern Ireland.

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