RVP Wilko to close but lifeline is offered to ex-employees

CLOSING DOWN: The Wilko store in Royal Victoria Place

The Tunbridge Wells branch of Wilko has finally become a casualty of the chain’s collapse.

The retailer recently announced that it was cutting 52 branches across the country, at a cost of more than 1,000 jobs. And the axe was swift – falling on the local branch, situated at Royal Victoria Place, with a swift closure last Tuesday (September 6).

The closure came as a blow to both staff – who described the move as a “shock” – and to shoppers.

In a show of support from other retailers, Simon Stapley, Assistant Manager at Boots, Tunbridge Wells took to social media last week to say: “If you are affected by the Wilko closure, please message me directly, or pop your CV into Boots in Tunbridge Wells, addressed to me. Good luck to all those affected.”

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