Bank to bring 25 jobs in move to former card shop
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. co.uk
‘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