Build­ing so­ci­ety mov­ing home

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Matters -

A build­ing so­ci­ety boss says a new branch will of­fer cus­tomers a broader range of ser­vices when it opens later this year.

Na­tion­wide will be mov­ing into the former Clarks footwear shop, which closed in March 2014 and has stood empty ever since.

The build­ing so­ci­ety, which boasts more than 15 mil­lion cus­tomers, then dithered as to whether to move from its cur­rent branch fur­ther along the High Street to the unit at the en­trance to the County Square shop­ping cen­tre.

How­ever, branch net­work di­rec­tor Amanda Beech says Na­tion­wide is ready to move for­ward with the re­lo­ca­tion.

She said: “Our branches are im­por­tant to us, and that’s why we’re in­vest­ing highly in our net- work over the next few years.

“We have looked at lots of po­ten­tial op­tions for the Ash­ford branch. To of­fer more choice, we needed more space.

“With the new site we are go­ing to be of­fer­ing new meet­ing rooms for cus­tomers to use Na­tion­wide NOW, our video link con­nect­ing peo­ple to spe­cial­ist ad­vi­sors.

“It will also of­fer bet­ter pri­vacy, big­ger open spa­ces, and some new technology to make ev­ery­thing quicker and more ef­fi­cient.”

The new branch is set to open in the au­tumn.

Na­tion­wide is mov­ing into the County Square Shop­ping Cen­tre in Ash­ford

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