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Norfolk Wilko stores may stay open after last-minute bid

The household goods chain fell into administration two weeks ago, putting 400 shops across the country at risk of closure, with holding company PWC seeking offers in an effort to save jobs and stores.

But only now has restructuring specialist M2 Capita offered £90m to keep the entire Wilko chain trading, the Guardian reports.

READ MORE: Huge administration sale launches at Wilko store in Norwich

Reacting to reports of a second bid, Andy Prendergast, GMB union secretary, said: “The devil is in the detail but any bid that guarantees jobs must be prioritised.

“Losing Wilko will not only put 12,500 people out of work across the country but would also be another nail in the coffin of the high street.

Norwich Evening News: Wilko launched a huge administration sale across its stores after failing to secure a buyerWilko launched a huge administration sale across its stores after failing to secure a buyer (Image: Newsquest)

“PWwC must recognise that creditors are not the only people with a stake in this – working people’s livelihoods must be the priority.”

Canadian businessman Doug Putman, who bought music retailer HMV in 2019, was believed to be making an offer but the BBC reported it is unlikely to meet legal requirements and was “speculation”.

READ MORE: Will any Wilko stores in Norfolk close down?

PWC said: “Since our appointment as administrators of Wilko, we have worked relentlessly to secure a sale of the business, and talks are continuing with a number of parties.”

Wilko has stores throughout Norfolk including in Norwich, Thetford, King’s Lynn, Dereham and Great Yarmouth.

The owners of Poundland and B&M were also reported to be in talks to acquire around 150 of the Wilko stores last week.

Founded by James Kemsey Wilkinson in 1930, the company’s first store opened on Charnwood Street under the Wilkinson Cash Stores brand in Leicester.

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