Candle firm on way to shopping centre
Luxury retailer Yankee Candle is opening this week in Whitefriars.
The shopping centre has welcomed the American-based firm to the unit previously occupied by Build- A- Bear Workshop.
Yankee Candle has signed a lease until Christmas, and eagle-eyed shoppers posted on the Canterbury Residents’ Facebook page about the opening.
Andrea Kite wrote: “Just got a sneaky look as the workmen went in. Old Build-a-bear is full of Yankee candles!”
Build- A- Bear closed last December when Whitefriars management failed to “reach a mutually acceptable agreement” over the renewal of its lease.
Shopping centre spokesman Martyn Barr confirmed Yankee Candle has signed a lease for the unit, initially until Christmas.
He said: “We don’t know Yankee Candles’ longer-term plan but it’s a very good product for Christmas and a nice fit with everything else in Whitefriars.”
The store was originally set to open on Friday but technical issues delayed its launch until this week.
Yankee Candle is opening in Whitefriars
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