There are “real grounds for hope” that at the least elements of Wilko shall be taken over, based on the GMB union.
Nationwide secretary Andy Prendergast mentioned he had met PwC, the agency overseeing the sale of the retailer.
He confirmed there had been expressions of curiosity within the enterprise, including that talks with potential consumers had been “nonetheless at an early stage”.
Wilko introduced final week that it was going into administration, placing 12,500 jobs in danger.
“We will verify there have been expressions of curiosity from organisations who’re contemplating taking up at the least some elements of the enterprise,” Mr Prendergast mentioned.
“These are nonetheless at an early stage, however means there are real grounds for hope.”
In the intervening time, all 400 Wilko retailers stay open and employees proceed to be paid in full.
Nevertheless, it’s unlikely that every one the retailers shall be saved and 1000’s of employees are dealing with the specter of redundancy.
Wilko additionally employs folks at its head workplace in Worksop in Nottinghamshire. As well as, it has distribution centres, in Worksop and Newport in Wales.
The chain is about to launch an “every part should go” sale on Friday however cabinets shall be replenished when new inventory arrives originally of subsequent week.
It isn’t clear as but which corporations are bidding for Wilko.
There’s hypothesis that rival discounters reminiscent of B&M and Poundland could possibly be amongst attainable consumers. Each companies declined to remark when contacted by the BBC on Thursday.
The Solar reported that The Vary and House Bargains could possibly be among the many bidders for Wilko. House Bargains declined to remark and The Vary didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Non-public fairness companies Alteri and Gordon Brothers could also be fascinated about investing in Wilko, based on studies.
Alteri declined to remark. Gordon Brothers didn’t reply to a request for remark.
PwC set a deadline of Wednesday to obtain expressions of curiosity for Wilko, which has been buying and selling since 1930.
A part of its process as administrator is to safe the absolute best deal for the retailer’s collectors.
Considered one of Wilko’s largest buyers is Hilco, the specialist agency, which has offered tens of millions of kilos in loans to the corporate.