Bank to bring 25 jobs in move to for­mer card shop

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Dan Wright

Metro Bank will open a new branch in Ash­ford later this year, cre­at­ing 25 jobs.

The empty Clin­tons cards build­ing at the en­trance to the County Square shop­ping cen­tre will be­come home of the lender, which al­ready has branches in Canterbury, Maid­stone and Tun­bridge Wells.

The bank, which listed on the Lon­don Stock Ex­change in 2016, will open seven days a week.

Card shop bosses re­branded the store as Sim­ply Clin­tons in 2014, but the high street store closed in July last year as the new look did not live up to the com­pany’s ex­pec­ta­tions.

Metro Bank spokesman Tele Lawal said: “We are ex­pand­ing in Kent and open­ing an­other sev­en­day-a-week, cus­tomer-fo­cused store in the heart of Ash­ford later this year.

“We are in­vest­ing in our high­street pres­ence and cre­at­ing around 25 new jobs in the process.

“Our stores pro­vide tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, whether that is through our free- to-use coin coun­ters for cus­tomers and non-cus­tomers alike, in­stant ac­count open­ing with cards printed right there on the spot, safe de­posit box fa­cil­i­ties or host­ing busi­ness net­work­ing and com­mu­nity events.”

News of the bank’s ar­rival sparked a mixed re­ac­tion on the Ken­tish Ex­press Face­book page.

Robert Neary said: “At least it is not an­other cof­fee shop.

“It still sur­prises me why there isn’t a Pri­mark in Ash­ford as Canterbury, Folke­stone, Maid­stone and Mar­gate all have one.

“When Evans and Bur­ton closed, it meant the only clothes shops are in the shop­ping cen­tre, so why would peo­ple go on the high street?”

Michael Bod­man agreed, but said: “It is much bet­ter than an­other bud­get store, hair­dressers or nail bar.”

But Jac­que­line Fo­ord said: “No – not an­other bank.”

It is not yet known ex­actly when the bank will open.

Does Ash­ford need an­other bank? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, Unit 4, Park Mall shop­ping cen­tre, Ash­ford, TN24 8RY or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.

‘At least it is not an­other cof­fee shop. It still sur­prises me why there isn’t a Pri­mark in Ash­ford’

Metro Bank is to move into the for­mer Clin­ton Cards

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