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MP calls for crackdown on giant firms' taxes

Deal and Dover MP Charlie Elphicke

10 July 2017

A Kent MP has called for a far-reaching review of the system governing how much firms such as Amazon pay in tax.


Poundland store closes its doors

The former Poundland store in Ashford High Street

09 July 2017

One of the two branches of Poundland in Ashford had its last day of trading yesterday as the company looks to open a bigger store in the town centre.

Hot new business opens in Medway

Michelle Sackey with some of her stock

02 July 2017

Serving the world's hottest chilli peppers, a one-of-a-kind cafe is opening in a Medway high street.


House of cards comes tumbling down

Clintons card shop in Ashford High Street is set to close

29 June 2017

Clintons cards is set to close one of their High Street stores due to not being 'compatible' with the brand.

This is not just any food hall...

The M&S Foodhall store at the Warren Retail Park in Ashford

28 June 2017

A new food store has opened its doors to customers today, nearly a year after it was first revealed.


Kent recruits its first full-time firefighters in 10 years

Firefighters in action. Stock image: Kent Fire and Rescue Service

04 May 2017

Would-be firefighters are being invited to apply for the first full-time posts advertised in Kent for a decade.


Derelict store to house new DIY chain

This building will be occupied by Homebase come July.

25 April 2017

A new DIY brand is set to come to Kent and will be the fifth of its kind in the UK, we can exclusively reveal.


Debenhams stores could face the axe

Debenhams, in Sandgate Road, Folkestone. Picture: Wayne McCabe

24 April 2017

Mystery surrounds whether any of Kent's Debenhams stores will be earmarked for closure over the next five years.


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!

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