AN ARGOS store is set to close after more than 25 years at a Basildon retail park. 

Argos, at the Pipps Hill retail park, will be relocated to the Sainsbury’s supermarket in East Mayne, Basildon, but is expected to only offer a click and collect counter. 

Bosses have confirmed that Argos will open at the new location, but it unclear when the Pipps Hill store will close. 

It is also not known what plans are in place to replace Argos, which occupies an 8,000 sq ft unit at the retail park. 

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The news comes just weeks after work began on a host of new shops opposite Pipps Hill, with Greggs and a new Lidl set to open by the end the year. 

A spokesman for Argos said: “By bringing together the much-loved brands of Sainsbury’s and Argos under the one roof, our customers will be able to enjoy greater convenience as the new Argos will enable them to purchase thousands of technology, home and toy products whilst picking up their groceries.

 “To make shopping convenient for customers and to enable us to invest where it matters most to customers, we are relocating many of our Argos standalone stores to Sainsbury’s - this includes our Argos Pipps Hill store.”

It is reported by a number of people on social media that the store in Sainsbury’s will be collection orders only, as it is in a number of other Sainsbury’s stores. 

Argos was unable to confirm or deny whether the store will be for collection orders only, as it is in a number of other Sainsbury’s stores, when contacted by the Echo. 

Basildon resident Nicola Woolmer, who uses the Pipps Hill Argos regularly, said she is not happy about the move.

She said: “An assistant in Argos first told me about the store closing and moving to Sainsbury’s.

“The assistant said it will be internet orders, and collections from Sainsbury’s.

“I use Argos a lot at Pipps Hill and so I am not happy it is moving and to internet orders only.

“Many people still don’t own computers to be able to do internet orders either.”
She added: “Having a store to pop into and look through their screens to see what items to buy and possibly see the item before purchase is such a benefit.

“Plus, people that still like to use cash, like myself, can’t do that with internet ordering.”