THE crowds are flocking to the new B&M at Sovereign Harbour. sadly, the store next to it, Wilko, closes on Sunday.

The high street chain, which began as a single hardware shop over 90 years ago, fell into administration in August.

The Harbour site closes on Sunday – the town centre remains open but it would appear not for long.

Wilko was founded by James Kemsey Wilkinson in 1930. The company’s first store was under the Wilkinson Cash Stores brand and was located on Charnwood Street, in Leicester. By 1941 it was simply known as Wilkinsons and grew as a hardware chain across UK high streets.

The company simplified its name to just Wilko in 2014. It had grown to operate about 400 stores and employs 12,500 people in both its shops and Worksop headquarters.