WILKO has announced that it is closing more than a dozen stores this year.
The high street retailer will close branches as leases comes to an end in the coming months.
Wilko will close 15 stores in total in locations across the country and the company said that 11 of the 15 stores have an alternative Wilko within five miles.
The firm said the stores affected will close as leases end and favourable terms cannot be agreed.
New store openings and those being relocated to other premises will continue.
Locations affected include Shipley, Bournemouth and Stockton which will close their doors next month.
Wilko in Scunthorpe will shut in March followed by Grantham and Redditch in May.
Stores in Rotherham, Skegness and Sutton Coldfield will shutter in June, then Llanelli in August, Merthyr Tydfil in September and Cleethorpes in October.
Jerome Saint-Marc, Wilko’s chief executive said: “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.
“We apologise to those communities where stores are closing but will continue to offer them everything they need in nearby stores or via wilko.com.”
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