The administrators in charge of winding down Wilko stores across the UK have issued an update about when further North East stores will shut.

On Monday (September 12) - administrators at PwC have confirmed the locations of Wilko stores that will close over the coming two weeks.

The retailer has announced 124 more stores which will shut between Sunday, September 17 and Thursday, September 21, with several located in the region.

Read more: LISTED: Which North East Wilko stores are closing this week

The chain’s remaining stores are all set to shut by early October after administrators failed to secure a deal from any suitor to buy the business.

On Tuesday (September 12), Bishop Auckland is set to lose its Wilko stores - leaving shelves empty and workers without jobs. 

This will be followed by the North Shields shop closing on Thursday (September 14). 

However, PwC has since provided an updated list, with Byker, Jarrow, Seaham, Redcar, Gateshead, Newton Aycliffe, Peterlee, Ashington and Cramlington all getting closing dates.

It is anticipated that all stores will be closed by early October, resulting in the redundancies of a further 9,100 employees in those stores. 

The closure of distribution centre (DC) operations is expected to take place on Friday, September, 15 with the majority of the remaining 886 DC employees being made redundant on that date. 

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Zelf Hussain, joint administrator, said: “Despite the significant and intensive efforts of both ourselves and Putman Investments - the remaining party interested in buying a significant part of the business as a going concern - a transaction could not be progressed due to the inability to reduce central infrastructure costs quickly enough to make a deal commercially viable.

“The dedication shown by all team members during this period has been hugely humbling and we are grateful for the patience and understanding they have shown.

"As with those who have already been given notice of redundancy, we will guide and support those team members impacted over the coming weeks through the redundancy claims process.

"We also continue to collaborate closely with relevant agencies and engage with any potential employers to help facilitate a quick return to new employment for those impacted.

“We continue to work with potential buyers for different parts of the business and are confident of completing transactions in the coming days.”

Here are when the further North East Wilko stores will close:

  • Ashington (Sunday, September 17)
  • Byker (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Jarrow (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Seaham (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Redcar (Tuesday, September 19)
  • Gateshead (Thursday, September 21)
  • Newton Aycliffe (Thursday, September 21)
  • Peterlee (Thursday, September 21)
  • Cramlington (Thursday, September 21)