York Argos to close permanently as owners cut 120 stores

Still closed… the Argos store on PIccadilly. Photographs: Richard McDougall
5 Nov 2020 @ 4.45 pm
| Business

The Argos store in York city centre will not reopen, its owners have confirmed.

The Piccadilly branch closed at the start of the March lockdown. And today it was confirmed that the store is to be shut permanently.

Owners Sainsbury’s today (Thursday) announced plans to close 120 Argos stores – and any that didn’t reopened after the first lockdown would be among them.

The shop has already been removed from Argos’ website.

It is part of a strategy to shut 420 standalone Argos branches over the next three-and-a-half years.

The long-term plan will leave it with around 100 standalone stores as it accelerates the launch of more Argos stores and collection points in Sainsbury’s locations – like the one inside the Monks Cross supermarket.

The future of the Argos at Clifton Moor, which did reopen after the first lockdown, is not clear.

The sign in the Piccadilly branch window

Sainsbury’s said today it will cut around 3,500 jobs as part of plans to permanently close all its meat, fish and deli counters, as well as the Argos shops.

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

“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.

“Right here and now, I and all the team are focused on supporting and delivering for our customers in the days and weeks ahead.”