So Spar, so near as own­ers pre­pare to open new shop

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By James Scott

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.

js­cott@thek­m­ 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.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2688391

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