Sainsbury’s has been accused of exploiting a loophole to keep Argos outlets open during the UK lockdown.
Under government restrictions, all non-essential shops have been closed for the past week. As supermarkets are an exception, Argos concessions within Sainsbury’s shops remain open.
But workers fear health risks and customers said they should be shut.
Sainsbury’s said people can only buy items at the in-store Argos outlets if they have already paid for them online.
“Like many other online retailers, we are selling essential products for the millions of people now living and working entirely from home,” a Sainsbury’s spokesperson told the BBC.
“This includes products for the home office, for educating and entertaining children and for adults to stay fit and entertained at home.
“We are then strongly advising customers to have these delivered to their homes. We also have an option to collect from Sainsbury’s supermarkets while doing an essential food shop.”
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UK book store Waterstones has closed its 280 stores, but has kept its warehouse open to service online deliveries.
Chief executive James Daunt said books were an important resource for people who were self isolating.
“I realise many other retailers say they are essential. I think we can so with more credibility than most,” he told Radio 4’s Today Programme.