Sad to see closure of BHS store
I was very sad and disappointed to hear that BHS is going into administration with the closure of the Ashford store.
‘Experts’ talk about how BHS didn’t keep pace with the market, which does not take into account its customer base.
Mismanagement by previous owners who neglected to work towards updating its image and investing for the future was the reason for its failure.
I have shopped at BHS for many years, especially the Ashford store and found clothing and household goods to be of good quality and reasonably priced. Whilst I also shop at M&S in Ashford, it is designated a low grade shop and their clothes don’t always meet my requirements.
Why should I have to travel to Bluewater or farther afield to buy clothes within my price range or fashion type?
Now we have been told that Burton menswear is set to close after 84 years in the town.
Ashford is fast becoming a ghost town with a plethora of hairdressers, charity shops and discount shops.
BHS was a valuable asset to the town and I feel sorry for the staff with their future and pensions uncertain.
I find it appalling that nobody could be found to save this national icon of the high street. P. Welbourn, Ashford