Argos reopens 145 stores – but these Stoke-on-Trent branches remain closed

Catalogue retail giant Argos has reopened 145 stand alone branches – but three Stoke-on-Trent stores remain closed.

The company reopened 145 UK stores on Monday (June 15) as ‘non-essential’ shops reopened for the first time in three months.

The Uttoxeter store is ones of those that reopened on June 15, but stand alone branches at Longton, Festival Park, Stafford, Tunstall, Congleton and Crewe remain closed.

Argos outlets inside Sainsbury’s stores have remained open throughout the coronavirus lockdown.

Argos say these stand alone branches are yet to reopen as they are near to to a Sainsbury’s supermarket with an Argos inside.

In a statement, chief executive Simon Roberts said: “Our business has changed enormously over the last three months and we want to be very careful as we move to the next phase.

“We know that lots of customers are enjoying the convenience of shopping with us online or collecting in Sainsbury’s and many customers prefer to shop this way, rather than visiting a store.

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“We are therefore planning a phased reopening of our shops and we will have 145 standalone Argos stores open on Monday.

“We have chosen this first phase of stores based on where customers can not currently easily access an Argos store in a Sainsbury’s supermarket – and so we hope that most customers will have an Argos store open near them from Monday.

“For more details on your nearest store, please visit the Store Locator page on our website.”

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