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Refurbished Tesco Express store in Mace Lane, Ashford to reopen on Saturday after fire

By Aidan Barlow

The Tesco Express at Mill Court, near Mace Lane, Ashford, was devastated by a blaze in March, after an arsonist set fire to goods at the back of the building.

Flames spread to the roof and inside the supermarket, and melted the steel girders to the point where the building was not structurally safe.

Repairs under way on the wrecked Tesco Express store in Mace Lane, AshfordPicture courtesy of Andy Clark

Repairs under way on the wrecked Tesco Express store in Mace Lane, Ashford Picture courtesy of Steve Salter

The supermarket was then closed along with the neighbouring Paydens Pharmacy shop.

Staff were told they would be switched to the town centre store while repair works were carried out to the building.

Contractors first had to clear the rubble of the former store, starting by removing the roof tiles in April.

Stock inside was also removed in the same month, then in the summer they began work to cut through the steel girders.

The revamped Tesco Express store is set to re-open

The revamped Tesco Express store is set to re-open

In October new steel was applied. Now the roof has been restored and signs placed around the store.

Shift leader Georgina Austen said staff are eager for the reopening at 10am tomorrow.

She said: “We are excited and can’t wait to work there again. It seems so long now since the fire. The majority of the staff worked in the town centre store, so we are still together.

“But Mace Lane was our home. We have staff who have worked there for a long time, so it has been difficult not knowing when we would finally be back there.”

Workmen begin repairs to the fire-damaged Tesco Express store in Mace Lane, AshfordPicture courtesy of Andy Clark

Workmen begin repairs to the fire-damaged Tesco Express store in Mace Lane, Ashford Picture courtesy of Andy Clark

Police say no arrests were made following the fire, despite an extensive inquiry.

A spokesman said: “A number of lines of inquiry were pursued, including house to house, forensics, CCTV and a media appeal for witnesses. Anyone who does have information about the fire is asked to call us or Crimestoppers.”

The police crime line is 01843 222289. Crime can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The incident reference for the case is ZY/12485/17.

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