Argos stores in Doncaster face an uncertain future

File photo dated 13/01/09 of an Argos store sign in London as the store is to create 12,000 temporary jobs in the run-up to the busy Christmas shopping period. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 25, 2012. The posts will mainly last for three months, spread across the 740 Argos stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland, with the potential for a permanent contract if vacancies arise. See PA story INDUSTRY Argos. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

File photo dated 13/01/09 of an Argos store sign in London as the store is to create 12,000 temporary jobs in the run-up to the busy Christmas shopping period. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 25, 2012. The posts will mainly last for three months, spread across the 740 Argos stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland, with the potential for a permanent contract if vacancies arise. See PA story INDUSTRY Argos. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

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DONCASTER’S two Argos branches face an uncertain future after it was revealed that the 40-year-old business is looking to a more digital future.

The firm announced last week that it was set to scale back its 739 chain of stores by at least 75 stores.

These branches will either be axed or relocated over the next five years - and could include the town’s Frenchgate Centre and Wheatley Hall Centre shops.

Parent company Home Retail Group, which also runs Homebase, said the catalogue business - first launched in 1973 - will see its circulation reduced following a drop in profits.

An Argos spokesman said: “The only details we are giving out at the moment are that we are committed to the national spread of stores.

“We can’t give details of individual stores that would be affected, it would depend on lease negotiations at the time.”

A spokesman from RML Finsbury, the Home Retail Group’s financial adviser, said: “We can’t be specific about which stores could be relocated or closed.

“The plan is over five years which will see 75 stores relocated or closed.

“We will look at stores that come up for lease renewals and make a decision based on what the best plan is for it.”

No-one at the Doncaster branches was willing to make a comment.