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Supermarket pulls plug on megastore plans

How the new Sainsbury's at Altira Business Park was set to look like

07 March 2016

Sainsbury's has ditched plans to open a new store in Kent - despite construction of the 100,000 sq ft store being just weeks from completion.


Shopping centre to unveil 3D plans for £70m improvements

01 March 2016

Members of the public are invited to view 3D plans for a £70m town centre investment.


Village to welcome Waitrose

He stole bottles of booze from Waitrose

10 February 2016

A high-end food retailer is set to open a new store in a former Budgens store.

EXCLUSIVE: Firm revealed as town's cinema partner

Artist's impression of how the cinema will look

26 January 2016

A national chain has been unveiled as the company which will operate an eight-screen cinema being built as part of a £57 million regeneration project.


All change: new shops and takeaway

The Edge is to become a Burger King

14 January 2016

An empty pub with a 150-year history is to become a fast-food takeaway and new shops are on their way in Strood and Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre.


Morrisons announces closure

Morrisons supermarket in Vale Road

13 January 2016

A Morrisons store which employs more than 100 people has announced it could close.


Thousands sign petition against plans to axe free parking

Car park behind Tesco, West Malling High Street

10 January 2016

Residents have launched a petition after a borough council plan to introduce charges at a popular high street car park.


High Street works fall behind schedule

Work began in Tonbridge High Street last year. Picture: Matthew Walker

11 December 2015

A High Street redevelopment project which is set to transform a town centre has fallen behind schedule, but project bosses say they will catch up.


Plans for new supermarket and restaurant emerge

Artist impressions show what the new shops could look like if approved

23 November 2015

A planning application that would see a new foodstore, pub and shops built at a huge housing development has been submitted to a borough council.


Coffee wars brewing in town

Two coffee shops are opening up in Sittingbourne. Picture: Thinkstock Image Library

12 November 2015

Two coffee giants are set to go head to head in a battle for the daily cuppa - as part of a multi-million pound town centre regeneration.


New business set for retail park

The Original Factory Shop will be going into the Neats Court retail park

08 November 2015

Discount homeware and clothes seller the Original Factory Shop is the latest new addition to a retail park.


New shopping centre plans receive warm welcome

02 November 2015

Plans to revamp west Kent's largest shopping centre have received a warm welcome after being displayed at a public exhibition.

Discount store coming to empty M&S

B&M has the slogan Big Brands Big Savings

01 November 2015

A discount department store is set to move into the building left empty by Marks & Spencer more than a year ago.


Time called on village pub bid

Villagers and business owners pulled together to try to buy the pub

31 October 2015

A community's bid to buy its only village pub has failed to raise the money before its six month deadline.

New Screwfix store opens

James Patrick from Oaks Installations Ltd with branch manager Steve Hawrylak

28 October 2015

A new Screwfix branch has opened on a trading estate in Kent.

Two new shops to open

Fremlin Walk, Maidstone

12 October 2015

Two new retailers are moving into a shopping arcade.

Pop-ups bring old station back to life

Richard Collins is re-vamping the Old Fire Station

11 October 2015

A number of businesses and individuals are hosting pop-up shops in a historic fire station in Kent.

Food store changes mind over Island move

Lidl won't be coming to Sheppey

09 October 2015

German retailer Lidl has decided not to set up shop at the Neats Court retail park, but Marston's has started work on its pub and restaurant.


‘Don’t leave kiosk owner behind in station move’

Tevfik Toros has had his cafe at Rochester Train Station for six years

23 September 2015

Hundreds of customers have rallied round the popular kiosk owner at a railway station after he was given notice to quit.


Kent to get first coffee boutique

19 August 2015

Just when you thought we had more than enough coffee bars, a company has a different plan to make you drink even more.

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