RUNCORN MP Mike Amesbury has contacted troubled retailer Wilko saying the potential loss of its Shopping City store would ‘leave a significant void’.

Mr Amesbury emailed CEO Mark Jackson urging him to safeguard jobs as it emerged the business could be rescued in a buy-out after going into administration.

At risk are Wilko’s 400 stores, including the Runcorn outlet, and around 12,500 jobs.

The Labour MP for Weaver Vale wrote: “The potential closure of its stores, including the Runcorn store in my constituency, would undoubtedly leave a significant void in our local economy and community fabric.”

He added: “The challenges faced by high-street retailers in recent years, including inflationary pressures and supply chain disruptions, have undoubtedly created a tough operating environment.

“However, I implore you to explore every possible avenue to ensure that as many jobs as possible are preserved throughout this process.”

Mr Amesbury said Wilko, formerly known as Wilkinson, was ‘a well-loved and established family business’ that had been part of Britain’s high street for more than 90 years.

In the letter to CEO Mr Jackson, the MP continued: “I understand you have received interest from potential acquirers.

“I sincerely hope these discussions can lead to a resolution that safeguards jobs and ensures the continued presence of Wilko in our communities.

“It is heartening to hear the stores will remain open for now and that staff will continue to be paid.

“I encourage you to maintain open communication with your employees and their representatives during this uncertain period.”

Companies bidding to buy Wilko have until tomorrow, Wednesday, to make an offer for the budget homeware chain.