General merchandise retailer Argos is to open small format digital stores in Sainsburys supermarkets, the two retailers have announced.

The partnership will start with ten Argos stores offering a choice of 20,000 non-grocery products to either take away or collect within hours, as well as an extended range of 40,000 lines for home delivery.

Sized between 1,000sqft–5,000sqft, the Argos stores will open by the summer. John Walden, CEO at Argos parent company Home Retail Group, said: “Our new distribution model allows us to provide customers in any Argos location with a choice of around 20,000 lines within hours, regardless of the size or stocking capacity of the store.

“This strategic capability has opened up options for a variety of new Argos stores and formats, and the possibility that we can now cost-effectively reach more customers and neighbourhoods with an Argos presence.”