The final Wilko left in the county will shut its doors for good today. 

Wilko in the Swan Walk shopping centre in Horsham will close permanently at 4pm on Sunday, October 8. 

It is one of 41 stores across the UK that will close today.

The retailer has been shutting shops across the county in recent weeks after failing to secure a rescue deal for the full business.

The discount hardware and furnishings chain has been shutting its 400 stores in the past few weeks after tumbling into administration in August.

Wilko in The Guildbourne Centre in Worthing, The Beacon in Eastbourne and the Burgess Hill store all closed earlier this week.

Store shelves have already become bare as it sells off its last remaining products in order to recover more cash to help repay Wilko’s outstanding debts.

It will bring to a close one of the largest high street failures in recent years, with almost all of Wilko’s 12,500 workers being made redundant.

Wilko was originally founded by James Kemsey Wilkinson in Leicester in 1930.

The family-owned business hired administrators from PwC after it came under pressure from weak consumer spending and debts to suppliers.

Deals were agreed to sell up to 71 stores to Poundland, and to sell up to 51 shops to fellow rival discounter B&M. However, both deals did not include staff.

Last week, Poundland said it had offered jobs to more than 200 former Wilko workers and has already reopened 20 of these sites under its brand.

However, the Times has reported that some of the store takeovers could fail after the new owners were accused of delaying completion with efforts to set up new rent and lease arrangement with move favourable terms.

The Wilko brand will not disappear from the high street completely despite the collapse, after The Range struck a deal to buy its brand, website and intellectual property for £5 million.

The Range said it will sell Wilko products “in store”, although it is currently not expected to set up standalone Wilko shops.