New-style Argos creates 20 jobs in Poole

PROPOSALS: Argos plans to place a concessions facility within the  Homebase store

PROPOSALS: Argos plans to place a concessions facility within the Homebase store

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ARGOS has chosen Poole for a new kind of store aimed at taking on the success of Amazon.

It plans to open an Argos concession inside Homebase at Branksome.

It says its proposals for the Poole Retail Park site will create 20 jobs if the plans are approved by the Borough of Poole.

Home Retail Group, which owns both stores, announced plans earlier this year to open 20 Argos concessions inside Homebase branches.

It aims to fight back against the internet giant Amazon by promoting the new branches as places to collect internet orders.

A statement from the Home Retail Group said: “We can confirm that planning permission is being sought for an Argos concession within Homebase Branksome, at Poole Retail Park Redlands, giving customers access to greater range of products from toys to technology.

“If planning permission is approved, an Argos concession would create up to 20 full and part-time jobs for local people, as well as offering even more choice and convenience for customers in Branksome.”

Roger Williams, president of Poole Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said: “It’s always good news to have new jobs and to see a retailer like Argos has chosen Poole.

“That Branksome estate has gone from being virtually derelict to a really live, active area. John Lewis must have helped raised the profile considerably. It’s good news for Poole, it supplies us with local jobs and it will be interesting to see the outcome.”

Argos has been promoting itself as a “multi-channel” retailer and produced its first digital catalogue at Christmas. ‘Click and collect’ now accounts for almost a third of its sales.

Like-for-like sales at Argos were up 4.9 per cent in the 13 weeks to May 31, fuelled by demand for electrical goods like televisions and games consoles.

The chain recently announced that customers would be able to pick up their eBay purchases at Argos branches across the country from September, following a trial at 150 of its 730 stores.

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12:42pm Thu 10 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

They need to think about closing the Poole high street branch as there isnt anywhere to collect larger items as i was informed that you can't access their back loading bay any longer due to health and safety issues or is it another way to get you to pay for it to be delivered.........
They need to think about closing the Poole high street branch as there isnt anywhere to collect larger items as i was informed that you can't access their back loading bay any longer due to health and safety issues or is it another way to get you to pay for it to be delivered......... burgerboy
  • Score: -3

1:22pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I love argos. It's my favourite shop. No messing about, boom, in out shake it all about, gone, lovely jubbly.

Your goods will be available for collection at point B in 5 minutes. Marvellous. Thanks.

Cheers.
I love argos. It's my favourite shop. No messing about, boom, in out shake it all about, gone, lovely jubbly. Your goods will be available for collection at point B in 5 minutes. Marvellous. Thanks. Cheers. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 9

1:35pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Avengerboy says...

Please Poole council can we create some jobs ..... 'well where's our cut?'
Please Poole council can we create some jobs ..... 'well where's our cut?' Avengerboy
  • Score: -12

1:40pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Avengerboy says...

If Royal Mail could get its finger out and open its delivery offices as parcel collection hubs 07:00 - 17:00 life would be easier if i missed the home delivery. A far superior product, if you missed the home delivery, pick it up on the way home.
If Royal Mail could get its finger out and open its delivery offices as parcel collection hubs 07:00 - 17:00 life would be easier if i missed the home delivery. A far superior product, if you missed the home delivery, pick it up on the way home. Avengerboy
  • Score: 19

4:39pm Thu 10 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

burgerboy wrote:
They need to think about closing the Poole high street branch as there isnt anywhere to collect larger items as i was informed that you can't access their back loading bay any longer due to health and safety issues or is it another way to get you to pay for it to be delivered.........
It is difficult to get large items from poole but it is very convenient for the smaller items so i hope they dont close it. Theres always the other one at ringwood road and quite often delivery is free if you order from the website.
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: They need to think about closing the Poole high street branch as there isnt anywhere to collect larger items as i was informed that you can't access their back loading bay any longer due to health and safety issues or is it another way to get you to pay for it to be delivered.........[/p][/quote]It is difficult to get large items from poole but it is very convenient for the smaller items so i hope they dont close it. Theres always the other one at ringwood road and quite often delivery is free if you order from the website. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 7

8:19pm Thu 10 Jul 14

apm1954 says...

More traffic at branksome chaos now.
More traffic at branksome chaos now. apm1954
  • Score: 11

12:11am Fri 11 Jul 14

Bournefre says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
I love argos. It's my favourite shop. No messing about, boom, in out shake it all about, gone, lovely jubbly.

Your goods will be available for collection at point B in 5 minutes. Marvellous. Thanks.

Cheers.
Maybe if you decide what you want online and use the fast pay self-service till, but not so long ago if you went in on a Saturday afternoon you had to queue for a catalogue, queue to pay, then wait for your order, which was in a queue, so instead of picking your item and taking it to the till you had to wait in 3 different queues before you got your tat.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: I love argos. It's my favourite shop. No messing about, boom, in out shake it all about, gone, lovely jubbly. Your goods will be available for collection at point B in 5 minutes. Marvellous. Thanks. Cheers.[/p][/quote]Maybe if you decide what you want online and use the fast pay self-service till, but not so long ago if you went in on a Saturday afternoon you had to queue for a catalogue, queue to pay, then wait for your order, which was in a queue, so instead of picking your item and taking it to the till you had to wait in 3 different queues before you got your tat. Bournefre
  • Score: -5

6:25am Fri 11 Jul 14

pac31 says...

That is fantastic if it get,s the go ahead, i be using it for sure.
That is fantastic if it get,s the go ahead, i be using it for sure. pac31
  • Score: 1

9:29am Fri 11 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

Mr Roger Williams, it is unfair to single out John Lewis as the store that has changed Branksome Retail Park. It is the stores that are located between John Lewis and Boots that have increased the footfall at the Retail Park, with stores such as Home Bargains, etc.

I wish Homebase and the Argos Concession every success, but I hope they improve on their Customer Relations, Delivery and after care.
Mr Roger Williams, it is unfair to single out John Lewis as the store that has changed Branksome Retail Park. It is the stores that are located between John Lewis and Boots that have increased the footfall at the Retail Park, with stores such as Home Bargains, etc. I wish Homebase and the Argos Concession every success, but I hope they improve on their Customer Relations, Delivery and after care. TheDistrict
  • Score: 0

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