Morecambe Arndale Centre’s Argos store to close

Argos in the Arndale Centre, Morecambe
Argos in the Arndale Centre, Morecambe

The Argos store in Morecambe Arndale Centre is to close next year – with a new digital outlet opening in the town’s Sainsbury’s instead.

The Arndale shop will shut on February 21, and the new supermarket Argos will open the following day.

The Argos within Homebase near Morrisons is also to close. It opened in June 2015 with 15 members of staff.

Staff from both stores will transfer across to the new store in Lancaster Road, with building work to start in January.

The move aims to provide customers with a greater range of products and more convenience.

It will offer thousands of popular products for immediate pickup. Up to 20,000 products can be ordered to collect in store within hours and an extra 20,000 products can be ordered for home delivery.

There will also be an eBay collection point so buyers can either collect their Ebay purchases or arrange for Argos to deliver them.

The move comes after Sainsbury’s acquired Home Retail Group, which owns Argos, and is part of its strategy to help its customers shop whenever and wherever they want.

Homebase, which was previously owned by Home Retail Group, was bought earlier this year by Bunnings, an Australian DIY chain.

The idea behind combining Sainsbury’s and Argos is “to enable customers to shop

conveniently through different online, mobile and store channels.”

It will also give customers more choice across different product ranges, creating the UK’s largest non-food retailer.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “We are really thrilled to welcome Argos and its team to our store.

“The new shop is great news for customers, who are looking for easier, more convenient ways to shop.

“We’re looking forward to offering them an increased range of products at great value, all under one roof.”