Administrators have revealed plans to close Wilko stores in Swindon and Wiltshire by the end of the month. 

Wilko was plunged into administration last month, but since then there has been the possibility of rescue bids from several sources. 

However, one from HMV owner Doug Putman, which planned to keep up to 300 Wilko stores open, was scuppered due to rising costs complicating the deal and ultimately causing it to fail.

This has condemned all of the remaining stores to closure, with 124 shutting between Sunday, September 17 and Thursday, September 21.

The Wilko in Devizes will be closing on Tuesday, September 19. 

Swindon is also on the list of closures released by the company's administrators PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC), who have revealed that at least one of the town's stores will be closing for good on Thursday, September 21. 

The chain’s remaining stores are all set to shut by early October after administrators failed to secure a deal from any suitor to buy the business.

Swindon's two stores - one in Greenbridge Retail Park and one in the town centre - have remained open throughout the administration process with staff describing not knowing what will happen as 'horrific'.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon's Wilko storesSwindon's Wilko stores (Image: Newsquest)

The remaining stores outside of the 124 that were informed on Monday of their closure, including Trowbridge and Chippenham will have to wait to find out when their doors will shut, PwC said.

The company’s two warehouses will also close and most of the activities at its support centre will cease.

Most of the 886 remaining warehouse staff will be made redundant on Friday, while there will be further redundancies among the remaining 210 support centre employees until the early part of next month.

GMB union, which had represented workers throughout this situation, had warned earlier on Monday that “redundancy is now likely for all 12,500 workers” at the retailers.

Although other companies are still in the running to take over some of Wilko’s shops, GMB said that these were only interested in the property, and any deals would not include workers.

PwC had already agreed a roughly £13 million deal to sell up to 51 Wilko stores to rival B&M.

Fellow discount retailer Poundland is still in talks with PwC in an attempt to snap up about 100 shops, according to Sky News.

Other high street chains including The Range and Home Bargains have also reportedly signalled their interest over potentially buying the Wilko brand or stores.