Retailer announces move into new town centre location
PUBLISHED: 16:28 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:28 15 January 2018
Argos is closing its branch in Huntingdon High Street next month and is moving in to a new outlet in Sainsbury’s the following day.
The firm, which has been present on the High Street for many years, has put up a poster in its window saying the store will close on February 27.
The new outlet will be a modern Argos digital which uses tablets to order goods, rather than the traditional Argos catalogue.
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said that staff at the current store would transfer to the new outlet on its closure.
Customers in the new outlet will be able to order and collect in-store or from home and there will also be an eBay collection point.
The move follows Sainsbury’s acquisition of Argos in a £1.4 billion takeover in 2016.
After the deal went through a large number of the Argos stores in town centres have closed and have been replaced by outlets in a nearby Sainsbury’s.
It is unclear whether the change will have any effect on the town’s second Argos branch in Stukeley Road.
Argos operated with an unusual format in which customers choose their goods from a catalogue in the store and then wait for them to be brought to a collection point.
The digital stores have replaced the catalogues with tablets and iPads which enable customers to select and pay for their purchases before picking them up from FastTrack desks.
Sainsbury’s has been introducing Argos outlets to its existing stores as a way of increasing the non-food element of its range and at the same time using surplus sales space and it has been speeding up the rollout.
The closure of the Argos store will leave a gap in a key trading location in the High Street.
Sainsbury’s had been planning to build a new superstore just outside Huntingdon town centre but pulled out of the deal as shopping patterns changed and discounters like Lidl and Aldi began to expand.
It upgraded its existing store and has since seen the M&S Foodhall, Next and TK Maxx open nearby, changing the focus of the town centre.