Staff at Argos in Weymouth and Dorchester await decision

STAFF at Argos stores in Weymouth and Dorchester face an anxious wait after the company announced at least 75 stores will close or be relocated over the next five years.

The future of the catalogue retailer’s stores in Weymouth and Dorchester remains unknown.

Home Retail Group, which owns Argos, expects 10 store closures in the current financial year and no openings.

A spokesman for Home Retail Group said: “We are committed to national and local spread of stores. “We cannot at this stage give details of individual stores which may be affected by this because it will depend on lease negotiations at the time.”

It comes as part of the company’s plans to change Argos into a digitally-led retailer instead of being mainly catalogue-led.

Argos has more than 700 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland. It plans to move its stores on to shorter leases to make relocation easier.

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3:26pm Thu 25 Oct 12

JimmyTheWeed says...

Errm, it's this a bit of sensationalist reporting?

Argos started 75 stores over 5 years, with 10 this year, they have nearly 900 stores in the UK, many towns (yeovil for instance) has more than one.

Both Weymouth and Dorchester have a single store, and from my experiences, both seem busy, and the staff competent and knowledgeable.

Argos also stated they will be moving towards a more Internet focused business, which you can read as being a "click and collect" only store, rather than a "carry lots of things incase you want one" store, more a collection depot that opens late than a store. This will compete directly with Amazon, where you have the pain of trying to be around when the postie arrives.

I for one would embrace a click and collect setup. I order on Monday and pick it up from an out of town collection hub on Wednesday on my way home from work, and if it's not right, have somewhere to take it back to and someone to deal with.

Sure the high street is dying (not unsurprisingly, considering it's failure to adapt), but I don't think local Argos staff have too much to fear just yet.
Errm, it's this a bit of sensationalist reporting? Argos started 75 stores over 5 years, with 10 this year, they have nearly 900 stores in the UK, many towns (yeovil for instance) has more than one. Both Weymouth and Dorchester have a single store, and from my experiences, both seem busy, and the staff competent and knowledgeable. Argos also stated they will be moving towards a more Internet focused business, which you can read as being a "click and collect" only store, rather than a "carry lots of things incase you want one" store, more a collection depot that opens late than a store. This will compete directly with Amazon, where you have the pain of trying to be around when the postie arrives. I for one would embrace a click and collect setup. I order on Monday and pick it up from an out of town collection hub on Wednesday on my way home from work, and if it's not right, have somewhere to take it back to and someone to deal with. Sure the high street is dying (not unsurprisingly, considering it's failure to adapt), but I don't think local Argos staff have too much to fear just yet. JimmyTheWeed

3:30pm Thu 25 Oct 12

DickDastardly says...

The Argos buildings would make wonderful charity shops.
The Argos buildings would make wonderful charity shops. DickDastardly

6:34pm Thu 25 Oct 12

bootedsw says...

I wanted a childs toy earlier in the year and had to go to shepton mallet to get it from argos as all around here it was out of stock. I was told that Asda, Tesco and John Lewis will all deliver the items from their website to the local shops. The last two items i have ordered (were cheaper than Argos) delivered to little waitrose went in collected them and put them in the car directly outside.
I wanted a childs toy earlier in the year and had to go to shepton mallet to get it from argos as all around here it was out of stock. I was told that Asda, Tesco and John Lewis will all deliver the items from their website to the local shops. The last two items i have ordered (were cheaper than Argos) delivered to little waitrose went in collected them and put them in the car directly outside. bootedsw

7:09pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Crabber says...

DickDastardly wrote:
The Argos buildings would make wonderful charity shops.
PMSL @ Dick, but I'm afraid that your wrong there buddy. It's earmarked for a Bookies upstairs and a Coffee Shop downstairs lol
[quote][p][bold]DickDastardly[/bold] wrote: The Argos buildings would make wonderful charity shops.[/p][/quote]PMSL @ Dick, but I'm afraid that your wrong there buddy. It's earmarked for a Bookies upstairs and a Coffee Shop downstairs lol Crabber

8:31am Fri 26 Oct 12

DickDastardly says...

Can never have enough Coffee shops, thats what I say.
Can never have enough Coffee shops, thats what I say. DickDastardly

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