Sad to see clo­sure of BHS store

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

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

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