The union expressed disappointment at the retailer’s decision. A spokesperson said the union will be working with the company to ensure employees who are being made redundant are given the best deal possible.

“Today is a difficult one for Argos’s staff here in Ireland as they get the news that the company will be closing down here,” said Mandate spokesperson Michael Meegan.

“Because Argos is shutting down its complete operation in Ireland this amounts to a collective redundancy which requires a 30-day consultation period and we know the company intends to honour that obligation to engage,” he added.

“We will be using this period to negotiate the best possible terms for those who are losing their jobs and we are expecting a constructive response from the company,” Meegan concluded.

According to the Irish Sun, Argos employees were notified of the decision this morning. Closures will begin in March, with all stores set to be closed by the 24th of June, 2023.