Retailer relocation leads Worksop shoppers out of town

Sainsburys store manager John Bailey and Argos store manager Vicky Whit celebrate the launch of a new venture at Worksops superstore with their staff.
Sainsburys store manager John Bailey and Argos store manager Vicky Whit celebrate the launch of a new venture at Worksops superstore with their staff.
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A leading high street retailer has completed its move from Worksop to the edge of town, where it hopes to offer an improved customers experience.

Argos opened a new outlet at the Sainsbury’s superstore on Highgrounds Road on Wednesday, May 10, having already closed its longtime Bridge Place store.

Sainsbury’s store manager John Bailey said: “In the first week, the move is already proving very popular and we’re delighted to be welcoming so many new customers.

“We’re seeing improved footfall and people visiting both shops are enjoying the convenience of have them in one place.”

The move follows Sainsbury’s £1.3billion purchase of the Home Retail group in September, 2016.

The deal included Argos and Habitat and created one of the UK’s largest food and non-food retailers.

John said: “The combination brings an even wider offer of products to customers in store.

“The new Argos has the full catalogue in stock, and offers a modern, digital service to replace the traditional pen and paper.”

When the move was announced back in February, it drew criticism from Councillor Simon Greaves, leader of Bassetlaw District Council.

He told the Worksop Guardian: “At a time when the council has invested a lot into the town centre, working closely with the Worksop Business Forum, Argos has done a cut and run.

“Relocating does not send out a positive message. The company clearly only wants to cater for people with cars. Some people don’t have that kind of transport, the town centre is accessible to all.”

But John said the move has brought alternative benefits.

He said: “I think the modern store means people’s are enjoying an upgrade, they’re finding it easier to park and can use the full range of collection and delivery services.”

Sainsbury’s and Argos are open 8am to 10pm daily, except Sundays 10am to 4pm.