Wilko stores to stay open throughout English lockdown

By Barrie Hudson - 6 November 2020

CommunityBusiness

All Wilko stores will remain open throughout the South West during the second English second lockdown, the retail giant has announced.

The lockdown is scheduled to run until 2 December.

Wilko's 416 UK branches include shops in Swindon's town centre and Greenbridge Retail Park.

Having been named an essential retailer by the Government during the first lockdown, Wilko has announced, its  stores across England will continue to offer what it describes as a safe place to shop and an alternative to the busy grocers.

CEO Jerome Saint-Marc said: "Not everyone has a large supermarket nearby to get the non-food essentials they need for their family. 

"With 17 million people living within 2 km of a Wilko store we can help fulfil this need. As an essential retailer, we’re here to help keep your homes running smoothly. 

"Whether it’s a few bits to make sure your home is kept spick and span, or those little essentials to help look after your family - we’ve got it all here in one place.

“The safety for our customers and team members continues to be our top priority and we’ve a comprehensive eight-point safety plan in place to do just that, including store marshals, to make sure we’ve got the numbers right in our stores. This may mean that sometimes customers may experience a short wait and we thank them for their patience.

“I’d like to express my sincere thanks to our loyal and hard-working team members who are continuing to do their very best to make sure families across the UK have access to the household essentials they need despite the difficult circumstances of the second lockdown.”

The firm says its key ranges instore include baby care, cleaning, hardware and DIY, health and personal care, household and pet care products. 

For non-essential items, such as Christmas gifting, decorations and preparation, decorating, entertaining, furniture and hobbies, shoppers are recommended to visit wilko.com, which offers home delivery nationwide.

Further details can be found at wilko.com

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