Scunthorpe family's bid to save Wilko

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Apr 2017

A SCUNTHORPE family is is urging fellow shoppers to join a protest against the closure of the Wilko departmental store in the Parishes shopping mall.

The store will close in August after 11 years of trading with the loss of 21 jobs.

Wilko bosses have blamed poor trading result for the decision.

But Graham and Jenny Smith, of Fairmont Crescent, Scunthorpe, claim the retailers have not taken into account the shoppers who do not have cars and have to reply on walking or public transport to get in to the town centre.

The Smiths who have three children, said: "The closure of Wilko is a huge loss for the town centre. We have shopped there for 11 years and find it essential for buying tools,plants and a whole range of goods.You name it Wilko has it.

Steelworker Graham,62, said: "It's time the managers of the Parishes got together with the council, the shop owners and the retailers to discuss the future of the mall before it becomes a desert.The development cost £65 million and is turning into a waste of money."

He and his wife are hoping other shoppers will contact them to sign a petition against the closure by contacting as part of a campaign called SOW (Save Our Wilko).

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