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Ashford: Town centre Argos is closing down today

By Kristina Curtis

Argos in Ashford town centre is shutting its doors for good today.

The store, in New Rents, is to move into its own unit in the Sainsbury's Bybrook store on the Warren Retail Park tomorrow.

The move is part of merge between the two brands after Sainsbury's bought the catalogue chain's parent company, the Home Retail Group, for £1.4 billion in 2016.

Argos is leaving the town centre
Argos is leaving the town centre

Since then, between 150 and 200 Argos stores have been earmarked to move into nearby Sainsbury's supermarkets, with the town centre branch being the latest one.

A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s told KentOnline's sister title the Kentish Express: “I can confirm the town centre Argos store is moving into the Sainsbury’s Bybrook store.

"This new ‘store-in-store’ is is part of our strategy to integrate Argos stores within Sainsbury’s stores, following the acquisition of Home Retail Group.

The store is set to open in Sainsbury's tomorrow
The store is set to open in Sainsbury's tomorrow

“We have over 200 Argos outlets in Sainsbury’s stores already and we plan to open 280 in total by March 2019.”

There are currently no plans to change Ashford's second Argos branch, located on the Ashford Business Park.

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