Retail majors Frasers Group, Primark, and TK Maxx are considering buying former Wilko stores as potential sites for their expansion efforts.
Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group is discussing repurposing several former Wilko properties for Sports Direct stores with landlords.
It has a particular interest in retail park locations.
Primark is reportedly exploring multiple sites from the defunct retailer.
It’s focusing on high street locations, possibly for testing smaller-format stores.
A Primark spokesperson said: “We are always looking at opportunities to grow our business but don’t, as a rule, speculate about where we might open stores in the future.”
TK Maxx is also interested in taking over several former stores across the UK.
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The fashion retailers are joining a growing list of homeware and discount retailers eyeing the vacant sites left after Wilko’s recent collapse.
Poundland will open 10 stores within these empty units after acquiring 71 of Wilko’s stores earlier this month.
Similarly, B&M secured 51 Wilko stores in a £13 million deal at the beginning of September.
The scramble shows the intense competition for these prime retail locations.