ONE of the largest Argos stores in the North-East will not reopen following the news that the majority of branches will remain permanently closed.

Argos Extra in Gateshead Metrocentre is among the list of standalone Argos stores that have been axed across the UK.

Sainsbury's, which owns the brand, earlier this month revealed it was cutting around 3,500 jobs and closing branches as part of efforts to "better reflect customer demand."

Earlier this week, Argos in the Yellow Mall was pictured boarded up with large signs stating that the store had now closed.

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Sainsbury's had previously said it would be permanently closing its meat, fish and deli counters in supermarkets as part of the restructure, which will save around £60m.

It also said roles will go with the imminent closure of 120 Argos stores, which is part of a strategy to shut 420 standalone Argos branches over the next three-and-a-half years.

The long-term plan will leave it with around 100 standalone stores as it accelerates the launch of more Argos stores and collection points in Sainsbury’s locations.

Such a list of the surviving stores has not yet been made public.

Sainsbury’s has said growth across the business will result in the creation of thousands of new jobs, with the company expected to see a net increase of 6,000 permanent roles this year despite the latest cuts.

Chief executive of Sainsbury's, Simon Roberts said: “We are talking to colleagues today about where the changes we are announcing in Argos standalone stores and food counters impact their roles.

“We will work really hard to find alternative roles for as many of these colleagues as possible and expect to be able to offer alternative roles for the majority of impacted colleagues.

“Right here and now, I and all the team are focused on supporting and delivering for our customers in the days and weeks ahead.”

It comes as the UK’s second largest supermarket firm posted a pre-tax loss of £137m for the past year, after being hit by £438m in one-off costs related to store closures.

Last month, it was reported that a new operator for Metrocentre had been found following the collapse of Intu.

Sovereign Centros was confirmed as the new operator as it said it wanted to “inject new life” into the centre and that it had a number of exciting plans in store going forward with a potential £25m available for future investment.

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