Wilko was deemed an essential retailer during the pandemic for its sale of pet food, hardware, medicine and cleaning products. Established as a hardware shop in Leicester in 1930, the family-owned retailer marks its 90th anniversary this year and operates more than 400 UK stores. Chaired by Lisa Wilkinson, 52, a grandchild of the founder, the company is based in Nottinghamshire and is focusing on increasing sales of its own-brand products.
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