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Argos in Jackson Square Bishops Stortford
Argos in Jackson Square Bishops Stortford

Argos is to close its shop in Bishop's Stortford's Jackson Square and open a new outlet in Sainsbury's in May.

A spokeswoman for the catalogue retailer, which is a subsidiary of Sainsbury’s, said there would be no job losses as staff would move to the supermarket within the precinct.

“Colleagues will transfer to the new store,” said Angharad Lynch, property communications manager for Sainsbury’s.

The supermarket chain acquired Argos in September 2016 as part of a £1.4 billion takeover of the parent Home Retail Group in a bid to boost its digital and non-food business.

Since the two brands merged, Sainsbury’s has set up Argos concessions within its stores and offered collection points in some branches.

The new Argos will be a “bright and modern digital store” which will also serve as an eBay collection point. “People can order in-store and collect, or shop via click and collect,” said Ms Lynch. “Thousands of products will be available.”

She added: “The new format is proving really popular with customers elsewhere in the country and we are very much looking forward to welcoming customers to the new store.”

Jackson Square is currently being revamped and enlarged. Fashion giant H&M and Australian stationer Smiggle are the newest arrivals while chocolate shop Thorntons, clothes outlet Impressions and Muffin Break cafe have closed as part of the remodelling.

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