Ar­gos set to move into town

20 jobs on the way at new hub in su­per­mar­ket

Ayrshire Post - - PRESTWICK NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

Re­tail­ing gi­ant Ar­gos is to open a new store in Prest­wick.

The com­pany will cre­ate up to 20 jobs when it cre­ates a hub in­side the town’s Sains­bury’s, the Post has learned.

Ar­gos, which acts as a sub­sidiary for Sains­bury’s, will also con­tinue to trade at its cur­rent base in Ayr’s Carrick Street.

The new unit is ex­pected to open at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber.

An im­me­di­ate pickup ser­vice for thou­sands of goods will be of­fered at the Ayr Road branch of Sains­bury’s.

Up to 20,000 prod­ucts can also be or­dered to col­lect in store within hours and 20,000 ex­tra prod­ucts can be or­dered for home de­liv­ery.

There will also be an eBay col­lec­tion point on of­fer so buy­ers can col­lect their pur­chases.

The move comes af­ter Sains­bury’s ac­quired Home Re­tail Group, which owns Ar­gos.

A spokesman for Sains­bury’s said: “The com­bi­na­tion of Sains­bury’s and Ar­gos will 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.

“The new store is equipped for shop­ping in the dig­i­tal age, with tablets that mir­ror the on­line shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence and staff on hand to help.

“Around half of Ar­gos’ to­tal sales now start on­line, but 80 per cent of cus­tomers will visit one of 842 stores to pick up their goods.”

A num­ber of the non- food aisles cur­rently in use in the Sains­bury’s su­per­store are ex­pected to make way for the ar­rival of Ar­gos.

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