A list of 52 Wilko stores set for closure has been released following a takeover announcement.

It comes after it was confirmed that B&M agreed to acquire up to 51 Wilko sites in a deal worth up to £13 million.

Watford's store, which is one of 400 branches nationwide, is not on the closure list.

The proposed B&M purchase follows Wilko's August announcement that it has fallen into administration after failing to secure a rescue deal.

PwC, the administrator who was hired to oversee Wilko’s sale, has told the Watford Observer it cannot comment on specific stores.

The following stores will close on Tuesday, September 12:

Acton, Aldershot, Barking, Bishop Auckland, Bletchley FF, Brownhills, Camberley, Cardiff Bay Retail Park, Falmouth, Harpurhey, Irvine, Liverpool Edge Lane, Llandudno, Lowestoft, Morley, Nelson, Port Talbot, Putney, Stafford, Tunbridge Wells, Wakefield, Weston-super-Mare, Westwood Cross, Winsford.

The following stores will close on Thursday, September 14:

Ashford, Avonmeads, Banbury, Barrow in Furness, Basildon, Belle Vale, Burnley (Relocation), Clydebank, Cortonwood, Dagenham, Dewsbury, Eccles, Folkestone, Great Yarmouth, Hammersmith, Huddersfield, Morriston, New Malden, North Shields, Queen Street Cardiff, Rhyl, Southampton-West Quay, St Austell, Stockport, Truro, Uttoxeter, Walsall, Woking.

Watford Observer: Wilko in Watford currently has a sale on.Wilko in Watford currently has a sale on. (Image: Newsquest)

Edward Williams, PwC joint administrator, said: “The loss of these stores will be felt not only by the team members who served them with such dedication, including through the uncertainty of recent weeks, but also the communities which they have been a part of. 

“We are enormously grateful for the support of team members during this difficult period and remain committed to doing all we can to help affected staff, assisting them with processing redundancy claims and working with relevant parties to help secure new employment as quickly as possible.”

Administrators confirmed last week that 269 people in the company’s Worksop support centre would be having their last day with the business.

Redundancies at the company’s Worksop and Newport warehouses are also due to start early this week.

The administrators did not confirm how many warehouse staff would lose their jobs, but around 1,296 people are thought to work there.