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All 30 remaining Argos stores in Ireland closed permanently

The remaining 30 Argos stores in the Republic of Ireland were permanently closed. Over 500 people have lost their jobs as a result of the move.

Sainsbury’s, Argos’ parent company, revealed plans to close the stores in January as part of a larger corporate strategy to focus on food.

The firm stated that it made the decision to depart the Republic of Ireland after much thought and a thorough examination of its business and activities in the country.

The firm stated that its model in Ireland was customised, notably different from its larger UK operation, which would remain operational, and that the expenditure necessary to grow and upgrade the Irish operations was not viable.

“We understand that our announcement in January came as difficult news for our customers and colleagues,” said Andy McClelland, Operations Manager at Argos Ireland. “We did not make this decision lightly, and I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported our operation in the Republic of Ireland for over 25 years.”

Argos stated that it will continue to respect its statutory duties to consumers and that it has been collaborating extensively with the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in recent months in preparation for the shop closures.

Customers may still contact Argos if they need assistance with a product purchased in the Republic of Ireland, according to the company.

They can also get in touch with the company if they have any remaining balance on their Argos Euro Gift Card.

However, it cautioned that Sainsbury’s and Argos stores in the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, are unable to perform refunds, returns, or exchanges for items purchased in the Republic.

Concerning job losses, the company stated that it has done all possible to help its employees up until now.

This has included giving an improved redundancy benefit, a one-off goodwill payment to individuals who are not eligible for redundancy, and a recruiting upskilling and other support plan.

“As the Irish part of our business winds down,” Mr. McClelland added, “we will continue to help those affected in any way we can.”

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