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Apple grower buys up farms

Medway-based farmer AC Goatham & Son

28 September 2017

A fruit grower which supplies more than one in every five apples sold in the UK has taken over eight farms in the county.


Self-driving shopping van trialed

Convert supplied parts for the first trials of a self-driving grocery van developed for Ocada

28 September 2017

The first tests of driverless grocery vehicles in the UK have used parts manufactured by a company in Kent.

Sales up amid 'good harvest'

Chapel Down is expecting a 'good harvest' this year

28 September 2017

A wine and beer maker has increased revenues by a fifth in six months and dismissed concerns April frosts have affected this year's grape crop.

How heightened tensions in Korea could hit Kent's whelks

Fishermen sort out whelks

27 September 2017

The war of words surrounding the Korean peninsula could have do serious damage to Kent's whelk industry. Here's why.


Hundreds of jobs created in outlet expansion

The Outlet will add 50 more shops or restaurants

24 September 2017

Work is due to start on an expansion to the Ashford Designer Outlet - which will see up to 50 more shops or restaurants.

£4,000 sex robot that tells jokes

Tracey Whitmore and son Christopher with Samantha the sex robot at Vibez Adult Boutique

24 September 2017

An erotic robot with different personalities that has become a global phenomenon has gone on sale in Kent.


Primark at Bluewater 'disappointing' for town centres

Kent has several Primark stores

23 September 2017

Primark's plan to open a store at Bluewater has been described as 'disappointing news' for one of the shopping centre's neighbouring town centres.


Co-op to stock fruit crisps

Nim's Fruit Crisps founder Nimisha Raja

22 September 2017

A manufacturer of dried fruit and vegetable crisps has signed its first deal with a national supermarket.

Empty shops could become six-storey apartments

How the building could look

22 September 2017

Abandoned town centre shops will be demolished to make way for a striking six-storey apartment block if new plans are approved.


B&M to open new store

Jobs at B&M are being advertised

21 September 2017

Long-running speculation about the bargain retailer opening a new site in the county has been confirmed.


Primark to open store at Bluewater

Kent has several Primark stores

21 September 2017

The discount fashion chain has confirmed it is coming to Kent's biggest shopping centre.


RIP the Kent high street: How many of these shut-down shops do you remember?

21 September 2017

From Woolies to BHS, Blockbuster to Comet, take a trip down memory lane.


Hot summer helps Shepherd Neame to 'good year'

Shepherd Neame sold the equivalent of 74.5 million pints last year

20 September 2017

Beer and pub company Shepherd Neame increased profits and revenues as it spent millions on renovating its sites and was boosted by good weather.

Toys R Us files for bankruptcy protection

The Toys R Us store in Horsted Retail Park, Chatham

19 September 2017

US retail giant Toys R Us hopes to restructure debts of £3.7 billion, having struggled against competition from groups like Amazon.


Retailer set to close High Street shop

Evans is set to leave Ashford High Street

19 September 2017

A retail giant has announced the closure of another of its town centre High Street stores, telling customers to shop online instead.


Canadian wine deal adds sparkle to PM's visit

Hush Heath Estate produces a range of wines at its winery near Staplehurst

18 September 2017

A vineyard will send its sparkling wine to Canada after landing a deal with an alcohol buyer as the Prime Minister visits the country.

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.

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