Milton Keynes-based Argos has revealed the humble wheeled shopping trolley is making a comeback with sales up 50 per cent.
Often ridiculed as a tartan-clad preserve of the pensioner, wheeled trollies have been given a makeover and are enjoying a boom among shoppers who want to avoid the cost of carrier bags.
Argos says it has seen sales increase by almost 50 per cent since this time last year.
Discount food retailers who don’t supply free carrier bags and charges levied by other retailers, are believed to be behind the sudden surge in popularity of the wheeled shopping trolley.
With so much shopping to carry these days the shopping trolleys are one of the obvious answers to today’s value conscious shoppers buying in bulk.
Commonly associated with grannies, the shopping trolleys hit a popularity peak in the 1970s before the arrival of huge hypermarkets and disposable carrier bags.
Demand gradually declined with the growth of out of town shopping centres where a car was closer at hand and lifting and carrying was minimal.
Laurelin Sharp, Argos bags buyer said: “We first noticed a surge in the shopping trolley sales early last summer – which coincided with consumers moving towards discount food retailers and bulk buying.
“Trollies are really handy and versatile and we see them being snapped up by customers of all ages. The once dominant tartan design has been updated with modern materials and prints. Our most popular line with customers is the purple spot at £19.99.”
Argos stocks a range of plain and patterned wheeled shopping trolleys from £18.99 and all are available to Check & Reserve online at argos.co.uk for collection from stores nationwide.