Administrators for Wilko have told staff they will continue to be paid as normal whilst they look for a buyer for the stricken high street retailer.

Earlier on Thursday, August 10, the chain, which runs more than 400 stores across the UK, including one in the Clyde Shopping Centre, fell into administration putting 12,000 jobs in jeopardy.

Now, the homeware and household goods seller has appointed PwC have been appointed as Joint Administrators of Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd, Wilko Ltd and Ltd.

Zelf Hussain, Joint Administrator and PwC partner, said: “It is incredibly sad that a well-loved, family business that has been on the high street for over 90 years has had to go into administration today.

"I know the management team has left no stone unturned in trying to save the business. 

“Many high street retailers are facing a number of well-documented challenges and Wilko has been significantly impacted by the headwinds facing the industry including inflationary pressure and rising interest rates.

“Wilko has been a staple of many British high streets for decades.

"We know that the appointment of Administrators, which comes during an already challenging time for many, will be an unsettling development for everyone involved with the business - particularly its committed team members - and the communities it serves. 

“As Administrators, we will continue to engage with parties who may be interested in acquiring all or part of the business. Stores will continue to trade as normal for the time being and staff will continue to be paid.”

The Group has been hit by incredibly challenging trading conditions, both throughout the pandemic and more recently as it has felt the impact of the cost of living crisis, resulting in increasing cashflow pressure and a deterioration in trading. 

Initially, Wilko will continue to trade all stores without any immediate redundancies as discussions with interested parties continue.

If buyers for some or all of the group are not found, it is likely that store closures and redundancies will follow.