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New £1 coin hits the streets

The new 12-sided £1 coin released in part of Kent today

28 March 2017

Businesses and councils have been left counting the cost of having to change everything from parking meters, to vending machines and lockers.


Poundland store set to close

Poundland's clearance shop in London Road. Google Street View

18 January 2017

A discount retailer is to shut one of its Kent stores.


Staying or going? Confusion over Staples future

Questions have been asked over the future of the Staples branch in Chatham

02 December 2016

The sign at a Staples store is clear: We're closing next month. However, head office says no plans have been announced.


Coffee giants to go head-to-head

24 November 2016

Starbucks will open a new outlet on a retail park just yards from a planned Costa.


Services stripped from store before official closure

B&Q in the Park Farm Industrial Estate, Folkestone Picture: Gary Browne

25 October 2016

DIY store B&Q has began cutting its internal services from one of its branches, months before it is due to close next year.

Friends’ new beauty business

Yasmin Rubins and Beth Lennon have reused the bank's counter as a desk

15 October 2016

Two schools friends are hoping they can bank on the support of people to ensure their new beauty salon business is a success.

M&S campaigner VIP at new store

Store manager Carl Russell, Vera Purll and mayor Greta Goatley

13 October 2016

She was the last customer when Marks and Spencer closed and this morning Vera Purll, 95, was the first through the doors of its replacement B&M.


Brexit blamed as popular products disappear from shelves

Marmite is one of the products that could disappear from the shelves. Stock picture

12 October 2016

The sharp fall in the value of the pound has been blamed for a pricing dispute that has seen popular products disappear from supermarket shelves.


More than you bargained for at B&M

Manager Carl Russell, with last year's best-seling Christmas item, a novelty wine bottle holder.

12 October 2016

A new store under the direction of managers with high department-store expectations is set to impress.


Home superstore to open this week

B&M in New Road, Gravesend, is opening this week

11 October 2016

A huge new store is opening on Thursday and with one of the bosses from Gravesend, it promises to be good for the town.


Store buzz over who's moving in

B&Q will be no more come early 2017. Picture: Gary Browne

28 September 2016

A major food giant could be signing up to an industrial estate as DIY retailers B&Q edges towards its closure early next year.


VIDEO: You won't believe your mince pies!

The festive treats are being stocked months before Christmas

06 September 2016

We may still be clinging onto summer, but mince pies have already hit the shelves - with the seasonal snacks expiring two months before Christmas!


Work on £1.8m market hall refurbishment ‘going well’

A view from Gravesend Borough Market car park

01 August 2016

The new market hall is on its way to being ready with the help of £1.8 million from a community fund.


Saying farewell with a touch of retail therapy

BHS is closing its doors for the last time today.

31 July 2016

BHS stores across the county shut up shop one last time.


One year on, arson remains unsolved

Scene of the fire in Week Street, Maidstone

08 June 2016

A town centre arson which caused £5 million of damage remains unsolved a year on.

Free parking for town centre

Parking charges are hoped to be scrapped from 6pm to 10pm. Stock pic

05 June 2016

A council could introduce free evening parking in a town centre in a bid to boost the night-time economy.


EXCLUSIVE: Measuring up ready for new bargain retailer

Contractors are starting to measure up the old Marks and Spencer ready for B&M

05 May 2016

A multi-million contract for the former Marks and Spencer building in Gravesend town centre is due to be signed this week.


£70m shopping centre development given go-ahead

New Buildings on Calverley Road

17 March 2016

Councillors have voted to approve a £70 million extension at a Kent shopping centre which will see a new cinema and shops built.


Huge store will sit empty for two years

An aerial shot of the Sainsbury's development in Herne Bay

11 March 2016

Sainsbury's has admitted its new 100,000 sq ft store will sit empty until 2018.


£70m investment plans go on display

An artist's impression of what the corner of Calverley Road and Camden Road would look like

08 March 2016

Members of the public have been given the opportunity to view a 3D model of plans for a £70 investment in Tunbridge Wells.

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