Argos (retailer)

British retail company

Argos Limited is a British catalogue retailer operating in the United Kingdom and formerly in the Republic of Ireland. Sainsbury's bought it in 2016. It started in November 1972 and is named after the Greek city of Argos. The company trades both through physical shops and online, with 29 million yearly shop customers, and nearly a billion online visitors per year. It has also franchised overseas to countries such as China.

Argos Limited
FormerlyArgos Distributors Limited (1972–1999)[1]
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded13 November 1972; 51 years ago (1972-11-13)
FounderRichard Tompkins
HeadquartersMilton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England
Number of locations
883 (2019)[2]
Area served
  • United Kingdom
Key people
Simon Roberts (CEO)
ProductsConsumer goods
RevenueDecrease £4.1 billion (2016)[2]
Decrease £83.1 million (2016)[2]
Number of employees
29,768 (2016)[2]


  1. "ARGOS LIMITED overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". Companies House. 1972-11-13. Retrieved 2023-08-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Annual Report and Financial Statements 2016" (PDF). Home Retail Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 August 2017. Retrieved 8 August 2017.