A catalogue merchant based in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
With over 800 stores, its the Uk's largest general-goods retailer
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A bit more information about Argos
Argos is a catalogue merchant based in the United Kingdom and Ireland. With
over 800 stores, it is the largest general-goods retailer in the UK. Together
with sister company Homebase, it today forms part of the Home Retail
Argos owns numerous brands including Elizabeth Duke (jewellery and
watches), Alba, Bush, Chad Valley, and many others.
Argos was once a FTSE 100 Index constituent in its own right but is today
represented by its parent company Home Retail Group in the FTSE 250 Index.
The company was founded by Richard Tompkins who had previously
established Green Shield Stamps in the United Kingdom. Whilst on holiday in
the Greek city of Argos, he came up with the idea that people could
purchase goods from his "Green Shield Gift House" with cash rather than
savings stamps. He rebranded the original Green Shield Stamps catalogue
shops as Argos beginning in July 1973, the first purpose-built store opening on
the A28 Sturry Road, Canterbury in late 1973. Greensheild House was in
Edgware Station Road