24 March 2020 14:30
ARGOS has shut all of its standalone stores in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus. The retailer said that following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement on Monday night that all non-essential services would close, it would shutter all of its around 700 shops. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 1 Argos has closed all of its standalone stores Credit: Alamy However, Argos concessions within Sainsbury's supermarkets do remain open and you can find you nearest store here. The opening times for these stores remain the same at the moment. And you can still order products on Argos's website - with the retailer promising fast delivery to help you buy "quickly and easily".
Argos said it "strongly advised" customers to order items online for home delivery, or to collect whilst doing essential food shopping at Sainsbury's, rather than to order when you get to the store. "We will share more details about how we will continue to serve you as soon as possible. For now, thank you for your support and understanding," it said. Argos' returns policy remains unchanged: you still have 30 days to return something if you do not want it or if it is faulty, and you can take your item to any Sainsbury's concession store. The government said on Monday that a limited number of shops would be able to remain open under the latest plans to stop the spread of the virus.
Coronavirus opening hours A number of restaurants announced they would be shutting their doors, even for takeaway, including Greggs, KFC and Pizza Express. And the O2 Arena in London also announced it would postpone all March and April events yesterday. Here's which supermarkets have special opening hours for NHS workers. As uncertainty, confusion and uproar sweep the UK, are retail outlets like Argos still open? The current health crisis that has across the country that has led to much confusion and uncertainty, with many businesses having to close their doors to the advisement of government officials. On Monday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a statement which urged the public to only make the journey to and from 'essential' work. The public have been urged to stay indoors and only leave the house to stock up on essential items and to exercise outside the just once per day. People are consistently searching for information and updates regarding the severity of the situation and in what conditions are they authorised to leave their homes. Mr Johnson has left the door open for food establishments and delivery service, which of course Argos falls into the category of the latter. Social distancing and self-isolation is now the biggest impact on reducing the spread of Covid-19 up and down the country, and many are curious as to whether Argos stores are still open following the PM's latest announcement... LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019 Is Argos still open? The quick answer, No. Argos posted an update on their official Twitter page confirming that 'standalone' stores will be closed for the foreseeable future. The tweet stated that individual standalone stores will be closed but stores linked with other retailers such as Sainsbury's. Websites and deliveries will be open as usual. For any further developments and updates, make sure to follow Argos on their UK Twitter page for any more updates. There was no specific statement on Argos' UK official website about the current medical crisis as of the morning of Tuesday, 24th March, 2020. Following the Prime Minister's announcement, standalone Argos stores are now closed. Our website is open as usual and still offering fast delivery. Argos stores in Sainsbury's supermarkets are still open. To find out more, visit — Argos (@Argos_Online) March 23, 2020 Why are Argos closed? Mr Johnson has advised people to stay away from places where they may congregate which is why there is confusion regarding why only standalone stores have been shut. Further, pubs and other restaurants have been urged to close, after the PM advised the public to avoid social gatherings where possible. Argos' staff who are either involved with the website or delivery service will continue to work as normal, which for the time being will ensure a number of jobs will be temporarily secured. Can I still get orders from Argos delivered? Yes. Argos specifically stated and have provided information that their delivery system will continue as normal and they have guaranteed a 'fast service'. The website will also resume as normal so orders can be made via the official website. If a customer want a product, they can either have their purchases sent to their homes or they can pick orders up from Argos stores in Sainsbury's. Last night UK prime minister Boris Johnson took belatedly decisive action and ordered all non-essential UK retail to shut down, "including clothing and electronic stores." That means Game, Argos, and a bunch of additional stores will now be closed for at least three weeks (starting yesterday, March 23) as the UK government tries to slow the spread of COVID-19. The news will undoubtedly be welcomed by employees as a quick scroll through Twitter reveals just how stressful many have found it with certain major companies continuing to put retail staff at risk by insisting that stores remain open until the last possible moment. Those open doors inspired people - many of whom were infected but asymptomatic (research is starting to show that a good portion of people are carrying the virus with little or no symptoms) - to do some last-minute shopping before the inevitable lockdown. However, now the only shops that can remain open are those deemed essential (including supermarkets and pharmacies).