Founded in 1973, Argos is a unique catalogue retailer recognised for choice, value and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from over 35 stores in the Republic of Ireland and over 690 stores in the UK with total sales of £4.3 billion in the last financial year. Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick, Nutgrove and Dublin. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 20,000 products online. Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,400 employees.