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Wilko's ~ The One Stop Shop!
Member Name: MikeBorry
Advantages: Stocks so much.
Disadvantages: Nothing really.
In my local town centre we have a Wilkinsons store which I love!
I don't ever not go into Wilko's as there is always something or another that I will need. Just yesterday I went in for some shampoo and easter eggs!
Wilko's sell a massive range of stuff, from food to garden furniture, it really is a one stop shop.
Apart from everyday items I generally use Wilko's for paint and wallpaper, I often find a paper I like in there and there starts my obession with decorating. Having recently moved house I have been busy decorating. My living room has already been decorated twice and both times I purchased my wallpaper from Wilko's. I find the prices are affordable and as it is so local to me I find it very convienient.
My local Wilko's spans over two floors, it has an escalator and a lift in order to access the upper floor. The layout of the store has changed very little in the 10+ years that it has been there and I know where everything is. Hair products are located just through the door which leads onto medications, then baby items and onto cleaning products etc. The pet food is over the other side of the store and toys and games/stationery, food are all kind of in the middle. Upstairs is filled with household stuff like decorating items and cushions/bedding/lighting and kitchen ware. There's also a few furniture items on display that are avialble to order through the catalogue or online.
In order to make shopping easier there is access to trollies and baskets and there are plenty of checkouts (tills) available.
My local Wilko's has a perfume counter set up right through the year but this did used to be a temporary feature, although the counter is more stocked up during the Christmas period and Valentines Day.
I will check the supermarkets before getting washing powder for offers but I usually just end up getting a large box of Ariel for £5.
I also recently bought a washing line prop for the grand price of £2.67 and it is brilliant!
I find the Wilko own brand items as just as good as others and have no problem buying them.
Looking on the net I have found some interesting info for you all (not included in final word count).
Stores and distribution
The first Wilkinson store was opened in Leicester in 1930, increasing to a total of nine branches by 1940; the Beaconsfield store can be seen in the background in the 1945 film Brief Encounter. By the end of the 1980s Wilkinson had a total of 78 stores, increasing to over 150 by the time of the founder's death in 1997.
Wilkinson opened their first Scottish outlet in Castle Douglas on 23 January 2009 in a store formerly occupied by The Co-operative Group. Stores were subsequently opened in Scotland that same year in Motherwell on 17th July, in Irvine in November and in Clydebank on 2 December. During 2010, the latest stores planned for Scotland set to open are Hamilton, Kilmarnock, Greenock and Livingston.
By October 2009, Wilkinson had a total of 359 stores nationwide, with stores averaging in excess of 17,000 sq ft (1,600 m2), and employed over 22,000 people. From 2010 over the next 3 years the board plan to reach 500 stores
The Wilkinson product range concentrates on household essentials, including homewares, textiles, DIY, cleaning products, health and beauty lines, stationery, confectionery, pet products and kitchen and bathroom goods. A large proportion of the range is made up of own-label products sold under the Wilko brand.
Seasonal ranges are introduced on a rotational basis, with garden tools and plants in summer and Christmas decorations from September to January. Toys are now a permanent addition to the seasonal line, however, the company does increase the number of toys during the Christmas period.
During 2007 the company introduced a grocery range and a "food to go" offering in some larger stores. In November 2007, the company opened its first convenience style store.
The current charity partner is Age UK. This charity partnership began in May 2011 and will last until May 2012. Previous charity partnerships include Anthony Nolan (May 2010-May 2011) and Children's Hospice UK (May 2009-May 2010).
Thanks for reading :o) x
Summary: A great overall store.