Ten­anTs of­fered ‘favourable leases’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A spokesman for McArthurGlen, which runs the out­let, which is due to dou­ble in size this year, also con­firmed the news.

They said: “Next has de­cided to close its store at Ash­ford De­signer Out­let.

“We are work­ing with Next to help the staff they cur­rently em­ploy in Ash­ford to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties with other em­ploy­ers within the cen­tre.

“Next has been a pop­u­lar brand with shop­pers since the store launched and has been a val­ued part­ner in our pro­mo­tion of the shop­ping cen­tre and events over the years.”

When asked if the store was leav­ing be­cause of the rise in rent prices, the spokesman said: “Ash­ford De­signer Out­let is com­mit­ted to of­fer­ing ten­ants favourable leases for trad­ing at the cen­tre.”

In ad­di­tion, they say they were “in dis­cus­sions with lead­ing re­tail­ers across fash­ion, life­style and home” to find a re­place­ment op­er­a­tor for the unit, which is lo­cated close to the cen­tre’s food court.

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