There could be new hope on the horizon for premises previously occupied by a much-loved high street store.

The Weymouth branch of Wilko in Westham Road closed its doors last October -  and a number of people have recently reported seeing movement inside the store.

Although there are ‘no current plans for Wilko in Weymouth,’ a spokesperson for the company has revealed that they are ‘engaged in discussions about our future launches.’

Weymouth's Wilko was one of 400 shops that closed as part of the brand's collapse into administration.

Dorset Echo: Weymouth WilkoWeymouth Wilko (Image: Cristiano Magaglio)

The much-loved store first opened its doors on Westham Road in 1999.

Many local residents were ‘gutted’ to see it go, including Poppy Case from Weymouth who said: "It means there is less variation on the high street. It is another nail in the coffin for Weymouth.

"It’s sad to hear people are losing their jobs. There is nowhere to get a job in Weymouth so they will have to look out of town."

On Thursday, October 5, 2023, which was the Weymouth branch’s final day of trading, a sign outside the shop displayed heartfelt messages from staff, with one writing: “Don't be sad because we are leaving, be happy we were here."

A message from the manager said: "As manager, since we opened 24 years ago, I would like to thank you all for your support and custom.

"We will miss you as much as you miss us! Tim and Team Weymouth"

A spokesperson for Wilko said: “We have spoken to the client and while there’s no current plans for Wilko in Weymouth, we’re engaged in discussions about our future launches and are encouraging landlords across the UK to open productive conversations if they’re interested in being considered for the Wilko roll-out programme.”

More recently, the retailer broke the news on social media that it will be opening its doors again in the Dolphin Centre in Poole, just four months after closing.

Up to 71 stores were set to become Poundland shops and up to 51 sites to reopen under B&M.

However, the home and garden retailer announced in November last year three locations would reopen as ‘concept stores.’