Sixteen jobs to be lost when What! store shuts for last time
THE What! store in Wells High Street is to close in January with the loss of 16 jobs.
It has been holding a closing down sale since announcing in the week before Christmas that the store is to shut.
The lease expires at the end of January and What!, which has been in Wells for 18 months, will continue to trade until then unless it sells out of stock first.
Manager Sheila Coombes said that 16 staff will lose their jobs when the shop shuts, and said: “The staff are sad. It’s not easy for anyone and it’s never a good time, especially before Christmas. We were always a temporary store so we always knew it wasn’t forever.”
The What! range includes homeware, furniture and party items, and shoppers have been flocking to pick up discounted items in the closing down sale.
“We would like to thank our many customers who have supported us and used the store while we have been here,” said Sheila.
There are several other What! stores in Wales, and Sheila said that the company was looking for another site in this area, but that there was not anywhere else in Wells big enough to move into.
Rumours have been circulating that the new tenant lined up to take on the premises once they are vacated by What! is hardware and homeware chain Wilko.
A spokesperson from Wilko said: “Wells is a great city and one that has been of interest to us for a long time. Unfortunately, we can’t comment on the rumours about us opening a store in the city at this stage.”