WILKO is preparing to temporarily close some stores for a day to allow staff to restock shelves following shortages.
The bargain store said changes to its distribution systems had caused “some localised stock issues”.
The retailer, which has around 400 UK stores, had been updating its delivery network, which caused the shortages.
During the closure, there will be big deliveries of products and staff will restock shelves.
Wilko boss Jerome Saint-Marc said: “With change comes challenge, some larger than we initially anticipated which has resulted in some localised stock issues, primarily across Wales and southern England.
“We’ve fixed the problems with distribution and now we need to get our stores and stock levels back to where they should be.
“We’ll do this by helping team members reset those affected areas.”
Customers can continue to shop online through Wilko’s website, where they can also search for an open store.
Some shoppers had already noticed the shortages in store with one customer asking this month : “What’s happening with lack of stock please?”
Another said on Twitter: “Hopefully you guys will be able to sort it. Some of my local stores look half empty.”
One customer said the unavailability was “shocking”.
“I haven’t been able to get products for weeks now,” they said.
Which Wilko stores are affected by the 24-hour closures?
- Acton (February 22 – reopened)
- Aldershot (February 22 – reopened)
- Worcester (February 24)
- Pembroke Dock (February 24)
- Colindale (February 25)
- Cyfarthfa (February 27)
- Shrewsbury (February 28)
- Greenbridge (February 28)
- Burgess Hill ( March 1)
- Abergavenny (March 2)
- Tunbridge Wells (March 3)
- Devizes (March 4)
The retailer has announced a big change in stores as shoppers can now take their dogs into 248 Wilko branches.
A former Wilko worker shared the most annoying things customers do when paying for their shopping.
Wilko shoppers can bag plenty of bargains, and one customer found Lindt chocolates reduced to just 10p.
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