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This is the touching moment a Wilko worker bursts into tears as her boyfriend proposes in store – meanwhile, staff are told there will be mass redundancies on Monday.
With all the dread surrounding the high street giant – as empty shelves at its Wimbledon branch were laid bare today – this heartening show of affection could turn worried workers’ spirits around.
The moving video begins by showing a group of nervous Wilko staff with their cameras at the ready to film Sally Allen before Nick Payne proposes.
Two young children can also be seen holding a banner with Mr Payne crouched behind them as the person filming says ‘I’m so nervous… I’m shaking’.
Ms Allen then finally walks through the back door of the Wilko store and there is a brief moment of silence as everyone waits to see her reaction.
Nervous Wilko staff can be seen in the video getting ready for the big moment
With tears streaming down her face, Sally Allen says yes after Nick Payne proposes
The couple then share a touching embrace as staff loudly clap and cheer
With tears streaming down her face, we then see her great big smile as she says yes and Mr Payne places the ring on her finger.
The couple then share an emotional embrace as the happy staff clap and cheer at the news.
Yesterday, it was revealed that Wilko is on the brink of collapse after a last-minute bid to buy the high street retailer failed to pass ‘basic checks’.
It is understood that private equity firm M2 Capital has made a £90 million offer to buy the retailer and pledged to retain all jobs for two years.
Rival retailers Poundland, B&M, The Range and Home Bargains were reportedly among the firms interested in buying out parts of Wilko’s business.
Talks to save the entirety of Wilko’s business subsequently collapsed with GMB warning on 23 August that the firm was set to start laying off the following week.
Hopes for Wilko’s future were, however, revived on August 25, after HMV owner Doug Putman submitted a new bid to save 350 of Wilko’s 400 stores and save 10,000 jobs in the process.
Then just days later, on August 27, Anglo-Canadian private equity fund M2 Capital placed a £90million last-minute bid to save all 400 of the high-street seller’s stores and keep the business running in its entirety.
The store – which has been plunged into administration – has been decimated by a fall in profits, despite good usage of the outlets.
With all the dread surrounding the high street retailer, this is certainly a wonderful moment
A look at the major sales taking place at Wilko stores after it was plunged into administration
Empty shelves lay bare in the popular high street retailer as a bid to buy the company failed
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