Cleethorpes MP raises Wilko closure in Parliament
Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has raised the issue of the impending closure of the Wilko branch in Cleethorpes in Parliament.
The announcement that the store was set to close was made on Monday, taking the local community by surprise.
Wilko soon issued an official statement, saying: “Wilko has, with regret briefed its team members in Cleethorpes of the decision to close the store because favourable lease terms cannot be agreed with the landlord.
“We have been looking at our options, but the reality is that we have been unable to reach an agreement with the landlord that makes this store commercially viable.”
Addressing the House of Commons at a debate on Thursday Martin Vickers said: “One of the familiar names on high streets up and down the country is Wilko.
“It is crucial to the vitality of St Peter’s Avenue in Cleethorpes, but unfortunately the company has announced the store’s possible closure which is of obvious concern, particularly to the staff.
“The Government have done a great deal to support our high streets, but this is clearly another example of the difficulties that companies are facing.
“Could I urge the Leader of the House to consider a debate to further explore what can be done to ensure that companies such as Wilko retain their outlet in Cleethorpes?”
Jacob Rees-Mogg responded assuring Mr Vickers that: “Considerable measures have been taken to spur innovation and investment across the country and help business to build back better from the pandemic.”
Locals have now launched a petition in a bid to prevent the store’s closure.