Argos to close its doors in favour of Sainsbury’s click and collect

The team from Corker Outdoor, Award sponsor Jason Varney (Thomson, Snell & Passmore) & Eamonn Holmes

The closure is part of a ‘downsizing and integration strategy’ by the supermarket giant, which took over the catalogue shopping business in 2016 as part of a £1.4 billion deal.

Sainsbury’s wants to open more Argos outlets in its supermarkets and plans 350 of these by March 2024. It also announced last year it planned to slash Argos branches due to changing shopping habits following the pandemic.

As a result, 420 standalone stores are being closed across the country, which will leave just 100 on UK high streets by 2024.

An Argos spokesperson said: “Our Argos Tunbridge Longfield store will close later this year and colleagues are being offered opportunities to redeploy to alternative roles within Sainsbury’s.

“Customers can continue to shop with us at our nearby stores, including our Argos stores within Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge Sainsbury’s.”

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