Wilko have submitted further details of their forthcoming store at a Charlton retail park.
The company is looking to open in Unit 9-10 next door to Lidl which began trading earlier this year.
Charlton’s win is Woolwich’s loss as the company will leave Woolwich and close their branch in the town.
The Woolwich site will become a new leisure centre in time and the closure of Waterfront. Wilko’s lease played a role in delaying constructing according to council reports. The authority secured possession of adjacent units in previous years.
During that time Greenwich council documents stated there was a hunt for new shop space in Woolwich for the company. In recent years what would seem suitable space has seen other shops open, as Sports Direct moving into a vacant unit on Hare Street alongside Poundland moving into the former Marks & Spencer.
Nothing came to pass in Woolwich, and there’s little doubt this is a blow for attempts to invigorate the town. It replaces a destination town centre store located directly beside a railway and DLR station plus numerous bus routes with one at a car-orientated retail park – which saw regular queues to exit the car park.
Woolwich still sees many empty smaller units along Powis Street. What the long term future for these unit is remains a mystery. Continued use as small units or knocked together for bigger space?
As I covered earlier this morning, this area will lead to a new square and 620 homes in coming years. Click here to read about that.
Click here to view Wilko plans.