Shoppers were out in force this morning (November 14) when wilko opened its doors in the Arndale Centre.
Queues outside the new store started forming at 8am with more than 170 shoppers keen to get a first look at the new wilko store.
The first 100 customers received a £5 gift card and goody bags, containing wilko Christmas decorations and a candle. Whilst shoppers on the day also enjoyed free cupcakes.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting was led by Head of Estates, Mark Highfield, Wilko Eastbourne Branch Manager, Tom Sowry and Amber Woodward, a representative of Alzheimer’s Society who attended on behalf of the wilko Charity Partnership.
The Wilko Charity Partnership supports Save the Children, Alzheimer’s Society and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Wilko Eastbourne branch manager, Tom Sowry, presented the charity partnership with a £600 cheque for all three charities.
He said, “We have been overwhelmed by the support of the local people, it’s a very positive start to our residence here at the Eastbourne Arndale and we can’t wait to welcome more customers to the new store.”
Founded in 1930 by JK Wilkinson the company was created to deliver his vision of providing customers with a huge choice of product at the best possible price combined with top customer service.
This comes as the £85 million shopping centre extension – to be renamed The Beacon once complete – has begun opening the first of its additional 22 retail units. There is also set to be an eight-screen cinema and restaurants.
Big names which have signed up so far include: Next, H&M, Fat Face, Jack Wills, Costa, Schuh, Flying Tiger, New Look, Nandos, Wagamama, Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito, ASK, and Cineworld.