Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said:

“It is of course disappointing that Wilko will be closing it’s store in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. I can’t comment further on this decision as I am not privy to discussions between two private companies.

“My main thoughts are with Wilko’s staff at this very difficult time. The Job Centre will be able to provide excellent support, but, as their MP, I stand ready to help Wilko’s staff should it be needed.

“We have received a £16.6 million Town Deal from the Government to unlock Redditch’s full potential. We will do this by making our town centre a more attractive place to invest in. I’m certain the Town Deal projects will benefit the Kingfisher by enabling them to attract new shops and restaurants.”