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Argos in Fishergate Shopping Centre to close permanently

Posted on - 6th November, 2020 - 11:56am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Fishergate Argos is permanently closed
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It has been announced that the Argos store in the Fishergate Shopping Centre is to stay permanently closed.

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The Preston city centre branch closed its doors for the first lockdown in March and never reopened.

The closures come despite Argos seeing a spike of almost two million new customers over the past six months.

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Sainsbury’s, who bought the retailer in 2016, have announced the closure as part of a move that will see 120 stores closed immediately and 420 standalone Argos stores to be closed in the next four years.

The plan is to leave around 100 standalone stores around the UK and open around 150 Argos stores within other supermarkets.

Sainsbury’s have said that the closures are in response to a change in customer demand over the years.

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Simon Roberts, Chief Executive of J Sainsbury plc said: “Argos sales have been strong over the past six months and we have gained almost two million new customers as people have re-connected with Argos.

“Over the next three years we will make Argos a simpler, more efficient and more profitable business while still offering customers great convenience and value and improving availability.

“We are talking to colleagues today about where the changes we are announcing in Argos standalone stores and food counters impact their roles.

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“We will work really hard to find alternative roles for as many of these colleagues as possible and expect to be able to offer alternative roles for the majority of impacted colleagues.”

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