Can­dle firm on way to shop­ping cen­tre

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

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.

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