In another blow to Swindon's retail sector, Argos has announced that it will next month become the latest chain to abandon Swindon town centre, closing its Wharf Green outlet. 

Sainsbury’s, which bought Britain’s favourite catalogue retailer in 2016 in a deal that also saw the supermarket take on Habitat, confirmed the central Swindon store would close by the end of July.

It is now known how many jobs will be affected but Argos outlets at Greenbridge and in the Bridgemead Sainsbury’s will remain open.

The news follows the agreement of a deal between Topshop owners Arcadia and its creditors which is likely to see the closure of two Canal Walk stores - and the loss of five brands from Swindon, including Burton and Dorothy Perkins.