Shelves remained empty and tills abandoned as Wilko in Middlesbrough lowered its shutters for the final time today (October 8) after 24 years in business, becoming one of the final six stores to close in the North East and North Yorkshire today.
The store closed for the last time at 4 p.m. and a poster on the shutters thanked employees and customers.
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The poster said:
“This store is now closed.
“The management and staff thank you for your hospitality.
“Jane Steer, Zelf Hussain and Edward Williams have been appointed joint administrators of Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd, wilko Ltd and wilko.com Ltd to manage their affairs, business and property as their agents and to act without personal liability.
“All are licensed as insolvency practitioners in the UK by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
“The Joint Administrators are bound by the Code of Ethics for Insolvency, which can be found at the following address:
Wilko went bankrupt in August, putting all 400 branches and 12,500 employees at risk.
PwC’s administrators were forced to sell Wilko’s assets after rescue deals for the entire company fell through.
Some Wilko stores were saved as other high street retailers agreed deals with the administration.