Na­tion­wide steps into shoe shop

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A build­ing so­ci­ety says it will move into a for­mer show shop in the au­tumn.

Na­tion­wide has put up signs an­nounc­ing its ar­rival at the County Square Shop­ping Cen­tre, next door to Star­bucks.

The shopfront has been empty since the clo­sure of Clarks in March 2014 and has been sub­ject to spec­u­la­tion as to who would move in.

Ear­lier in 2014 Na­tion­wide an­nounced it had dropped its plan to move into the shop and said it would con­tinue to serve cus­tomers from its High Street branch.

But af­ter a U-turn, it will now be open­ing at the shop­ping cen­tre, oc­cu­py­ing a prom­i­nent spot in the High Street and at the en­trance to the precinct it­self.

County Square Shop­ping Cen­tre man­ager Frances Burt said: “Na­tion­wide is the world’s largest build­ing so­ci­ety with around 15m cus­tomers and we are de­lighted to be able to wel­come them to one of our prime lo­ca­tions.

“The fact that this is ideal for both the High Street and our cen­tre will be of ben­e­fit to the peo­ple of Ash­ford and we are look­ing for­ward to see­ing the brand new premises.”

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Na­tion­wide is tak­ing over the for­mer Clarks shop

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