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Brownhills shoppers bid farewell as Wilko starts first day of closures

West Midlands shoppers have bid farewell to a high street staple as retail chain Wilko began its first day of closures.

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Ann-Marie Ferkins and Pete Healey from Brownhills

Brownhills shoppers were among those to visit their local Wilko store for the very last time on Tuesday as the first round of closures commenced.

The high street retail chain announced that all 400 of its stores will close down by early October, with the Brownhills and Stafford branch among the first of 24 shops to close their doors.

There was a grim feeling walking into the store, with shoppers being met with bare shelves instead of the usual low-priced deals.

One shopper, Janet Wilson, 63, of Brownhills, said: "It's a real shame it really is. I buy everything from Wilko – this was my everyday shop.