Argos opens first digital stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets
Argos is to open its first digital stores within Sainsbury’s supermarkets today as part of plans to open ten of the shops across the supermarket chain this summer.
The stores in North Cheam in Surrey and Nantwich in Cheshire will be the smaller, new format Argos stores and will offer the most popular products for immediate pick-up while 20,000 products will be available to collect from the store within a few hours.
With the North Cheam and Nantwich stores measuring around 1,000 square feet, other stores opening over the summer will range in size up to 5,000 square feet.
Sainsbury’s retail and operations director Roger Burnley said: “This partnership with Argos is one of a series of steps we are taking to ensure we continue to offer our customers a wide range of products at great value and to make their shopping more convenient. We are looking forward to working with Argos to ensure the best availability and shopping experience for our customers.”
The new stores have been equipped for shopping “in the digital age”, with tablets that mirror the online shopping experience and staff on hand to help. Argos says around half of its total sales now start online, with around 90% of customers visiting one of 755 stores to pick up their goods.
Steve Carson, Argos director of retail and customer operations, said: “Working with Sainsbury’s will help us to bring the convenience of the Argos offer to more customers. This is the first time we have had stores in these specific locations. I’m delighted to bring our very latest digital stores to customers inside their local Sainsbury’s. I am particularly pleased with how our teams have worked together to make sure customers have the best experience of this very new partnership.”
The eight further stores due to open in the summer will be in West Hove, Crayford, Calcot, Bognor Regis, Durham, Rustington, Drumchapel and Keighley.