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Argos Partners with Sainsbury’s to Open 10 Digital Stores

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Some U.K. shoppers will soon be able to pick up online purchases with their groceries. Digital retailer Argos has partnered with Sainsbury’s, the country’s second largest grocery store, to test out 10 new digital outlets inside the supermarket space.

Argos is the U.K.’s largest high street retailer online–specializing in toys, home furnishings and personal care items–offering more than 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, 756 stores in the U.K. and Ireland, and over the telephone.

The newly formatted Argos digital stores will offer customers over 20,000 non-grocery products, which they can purchase instantly in store via tablets or reserve online for easy pick-up, the same or the next day. An extended collection of about 40,000 products can also be ordered in store for home delivery.

This move will provide more choices and convenience to both store’s customers, who will now have access to the wide range of merchandise each sells in one location.

“These 10 Argos stores will complement our supermarket offer, giving customers the opportunity to shop for an extended range of non-food items. They will bring something new and different to our customers, and fit well with our strategy of making our supermarkets more convenient,” Sainsbury’s chief executive, Mike Coupe said.”As well as looking at carefully selected partners, we continue to roll out our ranges of own brand clothing and general merchandise in our supermarkets to give customers even more choice and value.”

The Argos digital stores in Sainsbury’s will vary in size from approximately 1,000 square feet to more than 5,000 square feet and will open by this summer.

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