Argos is a British catalogue retailer operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and a subsidiary of Home Retail Group. The company trades both through physical stores and online, with over 750 stores and 800 million website visits a year, making it one of the largest high street retailers online in the United Kingdom.
Argos was established in 1973 by Richard Tompkins, the founder of the Green Shield Stamps scheme, who rebranded the existing Green Shield Stamps catalogue shops as Argos, before opening new Argos branded stores later in the year. BAT Industries purchased the company in 1979, and in 1990 it was listed on the London Stock Exchange, where it became a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. GUS plc bought the company in 1998, and it became part of the Home Retail Group when GUS split in 2006.
In August 2013, it was estimated that 96% of the population of the United Kingdom was within 10 miles of an Argos branch