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New store for kate spade new york

kate spade new york is opening a store at Bluewater

18 September 2017

The luxury handbag brand is to open its first UK store outside London at a shopping centre.

Eye-catching office block ready next year

How the building will look

14 September 2017

Bosses building a striking new office block say the site will be ready next year - with a dentist and accountancy firm already signed up to move in.


Pensions firm buys stake in Bluewater

Bluewater shopping centre

13 September 2017

Royal London has bought a 7.5% stake in the county's largest shopping centre as investors see retail as a long-term investment.

Town finds its BHS replacement

An 'Image' store appears to be moving into the old BHS unit in Gravesend

13 September 2017

A new retailer appears to be setting up shop in the space left vacant by one of this Kent town's oldest stores.


Two new stores for town's shopping centre

Royal Victoria Place

12 September 2017

One of Kent’s biggest shopping centres has welcomed a world renowned candle maker while a huge British retailer is also set to open later this year.

Jobs fair to offer 2,100 roles

More than 5,000 people have attended the Bluewater jobs fair in previous years

12 September 2017

Jobseekers can apply for more than 2,100 roles at a shopping centre this week.

Supermarket sold for £80m

The Sainsbury's store in Simone Weil Avenue

12 September 2017

A supermarket investment firm has bought a Kent shop for £80m - purchasing the store on a 21-year lease.

Snow+Rock to open store

Snow+Rock will open a store at Bluewater in November

12 September 2017

Outdoor sports brand Snow+Rock will open one of its largest UK stores at a shopping centre, creating 20 jobs.

Shares plummet as boss quits

Hornby has lost its third chief executive in four years

12 September 2017

Troubled toy firm Hornby lost its third chief executive in four years on Monday days after a profit warning.

TV star announced for superstore's grand opening

Ross Kemp will open the new GO Outdoor store in Tonbridge later this month.

11 September 2017

Former EastEnders star Ross Kemp will cut the ribbon at a new GO Outdoors store.


Ice cream seller slapped with big fine for illegal trading

Jason Tevfik's ice cream van in the Keam's Yard council park

08 September 2017

An ice cream salesman is counting the cost of ignoring a court order not to trade from a council car park after being hit with huge fines and costs.


Waitrose pulls out of retail park

Images of Waitrose which is planned for Eclipse Park

07 September 2017

A luxury supermarket chain will no longer be opening a new store - set to be Kent's biggest - at a retail park.


Posters spark conservation 'uproar'

The Vapelation posters have sparked a debate.

06 September 2017

A historian says there has been "uproar" after a business displayed advertising posters in the windows of a listed town centre building


Hornby shares plummet after warning

Hornby losses widened in its latest annual results

06 September 2017

Model maker Hornby has warned shareholders it is likely to report weaker than expected results after poor sales in the summer.

On freeze for a three-week revamp

This is what the Chatham store will look like

06 September 2017

A Iceland store will close for three weeks for a £600,000 refurbishment.

Tea room staff wages row

Luxury afternoon teas are on the menu

05 September 2017

A luxury tea room has been forced to apologise after staff were left unpaid.


Festive jobs on offer at John Lewis

John Lewis has its flagship store at Bluewater

04 September 2017

The department store is to hire more than 150 temporary staff at its Kent stores for the Christmas period.

Coffee buyout perks up business

Coffee poured from an office machine. Stock picture

02 September 2017

An office drinks supplier expects to return to profit next year after selling its water cooler business and snapping up a coffee machine firm.

'Don't knock management' over salad firm collapse

Crates lie empty across Southern Salads' premises

02 September 2017

Business leaders have blamed Brexit for the collapse of a salad packing firm costing 260 jobs – and denied its was down to management failures.


In good shape despite decline

Adjustoform sells mannequins for dressmaking

01 September 2017

A mannequin manufacturer saw its revenues squeezed after a big customer in the USA went bust.

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