Dozens join early morning queue as new Wilko store opens in Sheffield

More than 70 eager shoppers started queuing early in the morning for the opening of a new Wilko store in Sheffield.

Staff at the new store celebrate the opening.
Staff at the new store celebrate the opening.

Local shoppers descended on the new store at St James Retail Park, with queues outside the shop starting to form at 7.30am - hours ahead of its opening.

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A ceremonial ribbon cutting was led by Wilko's Anthony Houghton and Tom Rahilly, a representative from Save the Children who attended on behalf of the Wilko Charity Partnership.

Wilko is the latest addition to St James Retail Park.

Wilko St James Retail Park branch manager Andrew Billam presented the charity partnership with a £600 cheque for all three charities.

Mr Billam said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support of the local people, it’s a very positive start to our residence here at St James Retail Park and we can’t wait to welcome more customers to the new store.”

The firm remains a third generation, family-owned business after more than 85 years of trading and the chain has 418 stores across the UK.