Number of Argos stores in the United Kingdom (UK) 2011-2018

British catalogue retailer Argos’ parent company Home Retail Group was taken over by supermarket chain Sainsbury’s in April 2016. The acquisition resulted in the opening of several Argos units inside Sainsbury’s supermarkets. As displayed in this statistic, by 2018 the total number of Argos stores across the UK equaled 844. This number included Argos’ own shops as well as stores inside Sainsbury’s and the DIY retailer Homebase.

Sainsbury’s integration

As part of plans to further integrate Argos into their core businesses, Sainsbury’s intends to open up yet more Argos shops inside their supermarkets. Additionally, the supermarket chain introduced click and collect locations for Argos orders across a number of Sainsbury’s Local stores.

A true multichannel business

Argos’ business model allows the retailer to combine online and physical sales. Over the years, Argos digital purchases soared and account for more than half of the retailer’s total sales now. As a typical multichannel retailer of general merchandise, Argos offers its customers click-and-reserve and fast-track collection options.

Number of Argos stores in the United Kingdom (UK) from fiscal year 2011 to 2018**

Number of stores
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Release date

June 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

Fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2018*

Supplementary notes

* Fiscal years ending February to March of each given year.
** Number of stores as of year-end.
*** Includes Argos stores, Argos in Sainsbury's, Argos in Homebase and temporary stores.
Data for years 2017 and 2018 taken from Sainsbury's annual report, while others are from Home Retail Group's reports, due to changes in ownership.

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