The Argos store at the Roaring Meg retail park in Stevenage will close next week, it has been confirmed.

To replace the store, a new Argos counter is being set up at the Sainsbury's store in Poplars.

Earlier this year, Argos announced plans to shut 100 stores within 12 months. The retailer - which is owned by Sainsbury's - is seeking to move away from standalone stores and towards branches within Sainsbury's.

Argos recently revealed that more sales went through branches inside Sainsbury's supermarkets than their standalone Argos stores for the first time last year.


A spokesperson for Argos said: “To make shopping more convenient for customers and to enable us to invest where it matters most, we are relocating many of our standalone Argos stores to Sainsbury’s – this includes our Stevenage Argos store.

"Next week a brand-new Argos will open inside Sainsbury’s Stevenage, enabling customers to purchase thousands of technology, home and toy products from Argos while picking up their groceries.”

The transfer from the current Argos store to the new counter inside Sainsbury's at Poplars will take place on Wednesday, November 22.

We asked Argos whether any staff will lose their jobs as a result of the move, and a spokesperson responded: “We understand this will be an unsettling time for those affected and we are supporting them in any we can, including offering colleagues the opportunity to redeploy to other roles within Sainsbury’s and Argos.”