The latest casualty: Selling pick ‘n’ mix, stationery and even garden tools, Wilko has styled itself as a budget UK homeware chain for more than 90 years. With 400 stores across the UK, the chain is well-known for its affordable everyday items.
  • Debenhams and Philip Green’s Arcadia empire among high-profile casualties 
  • Up to 12,500 jobs could be lost for good at Wilko 

Wilko’s demise looks set to take the number of jobs lost in British High Street collapses to more than 100,000 since 2020.

Figures from the Centre of Retail Research (CRR) bring into sharp focus the scale of the crisis that has engulfed the industry since the pandemic.

Debenhams and Philip Green’s Arcadia empire – which included Topshop – were among high-profile casualties.

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