Shop­pers flock to clos­ing sale

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Molly Mile­ham- Chap­pell mmile­ham­chap­pell@thek­m­group.co.uk @Mol­lyMC_KM

Big­ger store open­ing in cen­tre

Set to take over old BHS site

Poundland has con­firmed that it will be mov­ing into a larger unit in a shop­ping cen­tre in Ash­ford “over the sum­mer”’.

The bud­get chain’s High Street branch will shut this Sun­day.

A Poundland spokesman has con­firmed that the store WILL move into County Square in the town cen­tre, but Poundland bosses are yet to say where, de­spite talk that it will take over the for­mer BHS premises which has been empty since last July.

Staff in Poundland – which is based in the old Wool­worths store – have been telling cus­tomers that the shop is clos­ing and the firm aims to move into the BHS build­ing.

Cus­tomers have been told that the store and staff will merge with the other smaller Poundland store al­ready in­side County Square, which will con­tinue trad­ing un­til the re­vamped BHS out­let is ready to open.

A Poundland spokesman said: “We’re de­lighted to an­nounce our Poundland ex­pan­sion in Ash­ford over the sum­mer and are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing some new faces to our ex­ist­ing teams dur­ing this tran­si­tional time.

“The ex­pan­sion will see us move our County Square store to a larger site in the Square where fam­i­lies will also be able to shop for great fash­ion at af­ford­able prices, through our Pep & Co cloth­ing range.”

But in re­la­tion to the store’s new lo­ca­tion, a spokesman said: “When we have news re­gard­ing the store to share with you, we will.”

In so­cial me­dia mes­sages to cus­tomers seen by the Ken­tish Ex­press, Poundland stated that its High Street store will close this Sun­day.

All stock in the High Street branch was re­duced by 25% last week, and cus­tomers have been go­ing mad for the bar­gains in the store when stock was fur­ther re­duced to half price on Tues­day.

Stock was fly­ing off the shelves, and some whole aisles were quickly closed off be­cause they could not be re­stocked.

It is be­lieved that the new Ash­ford Poundland store will be one of the big­gest Poundland stores in Kent as the old BHS store has two floors.

Up un­til the start of this year Poundland had three out­lets in Ash­ford – in the High Street, in County Square and at the War­ren Re­tail Park.

But the firm’s unit on the War­ren Re­tail Park closed in Fe­bru­ary, just eight months after it opened, and is be­ing re­vamped as a Home Bar­gains store.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, Unit 4, Park Mall Shop­ping Cen­tre Ash­ford, TN24 8RY or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk

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