THE company which owns Argos has vowed to keep customers updated on the future of its Hexham store. 

The shop, on Fore Street, has been part of the town's retail experience for decades, but has not opened following lockdown. 

Residents have been speculating about the Argos store on social media, and calling for it to reopen in the build-up to Christmas. 

A spokesman for Sainsbury's, which has owned Argos since 2016, would not be drawn on the company's plans for the store.

He added: "As we continue to learn how our customers want to shop with us we are progressing the phased reopening of Argos standalone stores, while keeping safety our highest priority.

"Customers can find their nearest open store by visiting the Store Locator page on our website. We will keep our customers and colleagues updated on our plans."