Wilko stores set to stay open during lockdown
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All 416 Wilko stores across the UK will remain open during lockdown, the retailer has announced.
The chain – which has stores throughout East Anglia including Norwich and Ipswich – said it was remaining open “so families can easily and safely shop for the non-food essentials they need”.
The stores sell a range of items including baby care, cleaning, hardware and DIY, health and personal care, household and pet care products.
But shoppers are being encouraged to buy its non-essential items, such as Christmas gifts and decorations, furniture and hobby products online once a second English national lockdown is in place from Thursday, November 4, to December 2.
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Wilko chief executive 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 2km of a Wilko store we can help fulfil this need.”
Safety of customers and staff would be a “top priority”, he added.