Fur­ni­ture shop ‘a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Starts -

Ash­ford’s new DFS store opened its doors to cus­tomers for the first time on Satur­day.

The Mayor of Ash­ford, Ge­orge Koowa­ree, de­clared the fur­ni­ture shop open for trad­ing by cut­ting a rib­bon as the chain be­came the fi­nal oc­cu­pant of units at the re­cently re­vamped re­tail park off the A2070 at Sev­ing­ton.

The new shop at­tracted more than 50 ap­pli­cants for the man­age­rial and sales staff roles it has cre­ated.

Dar­ren Porter, the store man­ager, said: “We couldn’t be hap­pier af­ter the suc­cess of our open­ing in Ash­ford. It’s a fan­tas­tic lo­ca­tion and the store will be a great ad­di­tion to the lo­cal re­tail land­scape.”

Mayor Ge­orge Koowa­ree said: “Wel­com­ing a com­pany such as DFS into Ash­ford is tes­ta­ment to the strong re­tail growth ex­pe­ri­enced in the com­mu­nity and adds to our al­ready ro­bust of­fer­ing of na­tional re­tail­ers.”

The store, next to the re­cently opened Tapi Car­pets store, will sell a wide range of so­fas, chairs, re­clin­ers, sofa beds and ac­ces­sories.

Other na­tional re­tail­ers on the re­tail park in­clude Ar­gos, Boots, Dunelm, B&M Bar­gains, Hob­by­craft, Dreams and Car­phone Ware­house.

But there will be con­cern that the DFS open­ing will add to the ex­ist­ing traf­fic prob­lems on the Ash­ford Re­tail Park.

Cam­paign­ers have been fight­ing for ac­cess and exit im­prove­ments at the junc­tion with the A2070, which they have dubbed a “po­ten­tial death trap”.

Na­tion­ally, DFS has been trad­ing for al­most five decades. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Ash­ford town cen­tre Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion (BHF) store were also present at the open­ing, as well as char­ity group Porch­light – which will re­ceive a spe­cial £200 do­na­tion.

DFS has an on­go­ing char­ity part­ner­ship with BHF, which al­lows cus­tomers to have their old sofa col­lected for free by the char­ity when they buy a new one from DFS.

Mayor of Ash­ford Ge­orge Koowa­ree of­fi­cially opens the new DFS store on the Ash­ford Re­tail Park

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