On your marks! Sports out­let com­ing in au­tumn

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Town Centre Changes -

Work has be­gun to con­vert County Square’s for­mer Mother­care store into a JD Sports out­let.

It is hoped the na­tional sportswear chain will open in the County Square unit this au­tumn, the shop­ping cen­tre has con­firmed.

The Ken­tish Ex­press ex­clu­sively re­vealed ear­lier this year that JD Sports planned to move into the town cen­tre shop­ping mall this year.

Mother­care closed in March, and a County Square spokesman pre­vi­ously ap­peared to sug­gest that this site was the likely venue.

Now ini­tial work is un­der way in prepa­ra­tion f or the store’s open­ing in a few months time.

Les­ley Farn­bor­ough, mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor for County Square, said: “The land­lord’s en­abling work has com­menced on the for­mer Mother­care unit and this will take a num­ber of weeks to com­plete.

“JD Sports will then start with the ex­cit­ing new shop fit.

“We do not have an ex­act date for open­ing at the mo­ment but it’s likely to be the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber and we’ll know more nearer the time.”

JD Sports ce­mented its rep­u­ta­tion as the UK’s big­gest-listed sport­ing goods re­tailer in Novem- ber last year when it bought out­door stores group Go Out­doors for £112.3 mil­lion. JD also owns the Blacks, Mil­lets, Ul­ti­mate Out­doors and Tiso brands. The sports group al­ready has branches around Kent, i nclud­ing stores i n Maid­stone, Can­ter­bury and Blue­wa­ter. JD Sports was con­tacted for com­ment. At the be­gin­ning of the year, a spokesman was un­able to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about open­ing dates, times or jobs but said de­tails would be made avail­able “closer to the time.”

What do you think of the next County Square res­i­dent? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, Unit 4, Park Mall Shop­ping Cen­tre, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

The for­mer Mother­care store in County Square

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