Retailer Sainsbury’s has confirmed the permanent closure of Argos in Blackwood.
The store, on the town’s High Street, closed at the start of the first lockdown in March this year and has not reopened.
Argos owner Sainsbury’s said plans to close most of its standalone stores will include Blackwood.
Blackwood independent councillor Kevin Etheridge had contacted Sainsbury’s over fears the store could close.
In correspondence with the firm, he explained he had been contacted by elderly residents who use the branch and do not have internet access to items online.
Cllr Etheridge described the confirmation as a “very sad day for staff and shoppers”.
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In a statement to Caerphilly Observer, a Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said the company planned to open 250 Argos stores and collection points within its current supermarket sites by March 2024 and that it will close 420 branches – leaving around 100 standalone stores.
Argos stores were closed at the start of the pandemic in March and while most reopened, the 120 that did not will remain closed – including Blackwood.
The company has a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Pontllanfraith where Argos orders can be collected.
The spokeswoman said: “Many Argos colleagues have redeployed to help in other Argos stores and Sainsbury’s supermarkets.
“They will continue to do this during the consultation process and we will do everything possible to find them alternative roles within the business by the time this concludes in the New Year.”
In light of the firm’s strategy to close a further 300 standalone stores by 2024, Caerphilly town’s Argos, which reopened at Castle Court Shopping Centre in July, also looks vulnerable considering there is a Sainsbury’s over the mountain in Thornhill.
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