A former Wilko store will become another bargain store after signs started appearing on the building earlier this week. 

The big-name brand collapsed last year, leaving stores across the UK to close and thousands of jobs lost in the process, including countless stores and jobs across the region. 

The Northern Echo: The former Wilko store in NorthallertonThe former Wilko store in Northallerton (Image: NORTHERN ECHO)

The discount hardware and furnishings chain shut 400 UK stores after tumbling into administration in August 2022.

The family-owned business hired administrators from PwC after it came under pressure from weak consumer spending and debts to suppliers.

The Northern Echo: The Wilko store will now become The Original Factory ShopThe Wilko store will now become The Original Factory Shop (Image: NORTHERN ECHO)

PwC then held talks with interested firms but was unable to secure a rescue deal for the whole firm, with a potential takeover by HMV owner Doug Putman collapsing.

Deals were agreed to sell up to 71 stores to Poundland and to sell up to 51 shops to fellow rival discounter B&M.

The Northern Echo: The Original Factory Shop have said that they are 'opening soon'The Original Factory Shop have said that they are 'opening soon' (Image: NORTHERN ECHO)

Despite several stores in North Yorkshire and the North East becoming both Poundland and B&M, this didn't happen in Northallerton, and since closing last year, the shop has been empty ever since. 

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However, after signs started appearing on the Northallerton store earlier this week - the building that housed Wilko will become an Original Factory Shop. 

The bargain clothing shop, which offers up to 70 per cent on big-name clothing brands like Nike, Under Armour, Nicce and several more, is 'coming soon' to the former Wilko, according to signs.

The A4 poster sign that has appeared in the window of the empty unit says that the Original Factory Shop is looking for staff, alongside a code of how to join the company's loyalty scheme.