So Spar, so near as owners prepare to open new shop
The old Reeds Rains estate agents in Ashford’s Lower High Street will open as a Spar next week.
Work began to convert the former estate agents into a new convenience store in June and it is expected to open next Wednesday.
The new franchise store will sell a range of groceries, confectionery and alcohol, arriving nine months after the opening of the Tesco Express convenience store in the High Street.
The building, which operated as an estate agent for the best part of a century, has been empty since July 2012.
The Spar is being set up by business partners Tanuj Patel and Paresh Aminboth, who also own The Chocolate Box in the High Street.
The duo also manage Leaver’s tobacconists, which is due to close.
There are more than 2,000 SPAR stores in the UK and Northern Ireland.
firstname.lastname@example.org A private security and intelligence firm based in Ashford town centre has sent more staff to Egypt during the political unrest. The Inkerman Group announced it had increased the number of close protection teams now working for clients in and around the capital, Cairo.
It follows the protests and uprising which led to president Mohamed Morsi being overthrown last Wednesday.
Inkerman chief executive Gerald Moor said: “Egypt continues to be challenging and a very pressurised environment in-country.
“We have been monitoring the situation for our clients for some time and have had our additional security teams on standby.
“Our clients took the decision, based on our intelligence and recent activity, to move supplementary teams into Egypt, which are providing security to company assets and personnel.”
The firm responded to clients’ increased requirements and needs by sending in extra teams, supported by its 24/7 operations centre in Elwick Road, Ashford.
The Inkerman Group offers risk management and security services including crisis management, close protection, emergency evacuation, premises and asset protection, as well as providing information and intelligence.
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