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Country market closes after 70 years

The Maidstone Country Market celebrates its 70th anniversary

17 August 2015

A food and craft selling co-operative has shut just months after it celebrated its 70th anniversary.


Recession? Is that a fancy new dessert?

Celebrations: Creams Cafe expands to other parts of Kent

15 August 2015

We’ve got the recession licked, eaten and drunk in Medway with a procession of new business openings.


Shops to pop-up in old fire station

Richard Collins is re-vamping the Old Fire Station

06 August 2015

A historic fire station which has stood empty for more than 30 years will play host to a number of pop up shops and restaurants.

Aldi could move into retail site

The old Homebase site in Tonbridge

06 August 2015

The German supermarket chain is rumoured to be moving into a site where a Homebase used to stand.

Major Aldi and M&S plans approved

The Estuary View plans have been approved

21 July 2015

Plans for a huge development of shops, a nursing home and a hospital have been approved by councillors and will include a Marks & Spencer store.


Doughnut supplier looks east for new boss

Krispy Kreme doughnuts

18 May 2015

A wholesaler whose customers include Krispy Kreme and Greggs has hired a new chief executive from a family-owned retail company in the Middle East.

New Tunbridge Wells Poundland plans labelled a 'joke'

Poundland. Library image

29 April 2015

Residents have expressed mixed views about a new Poundland store due to open this summer, with some calling it 'a joke'.


New restaurant to join shopping centre revamp

 Dean's Diner is the latest to sign on the dotted line with Hempstead valley

17 April 2015

An American-style diner is latest to sign on the dotted line with Hempstead Valley - and an international fashion store is also set to join.


Superstore shuts the doors for last time today

Tesco's store in Chatham closed on April 4

04 April 2015

A Tesco store will shut its doors for the last time today - but Morrisons has come to the rescue of shoppers wanting to redeem clubcard vouchers.


Retail park plans approved

B&Q at Strood Retail Park

05 March 2015

B&Q in Strood is set to be replaced with three shops, a cafe and a 24-hour gym.


Supermarkets reveal opening plans

The new Aldi store will be built in King's Road

05 March 2015

Two superstores have revealed when construction work is set to begin and when they hope to be finished.

Council asks company to share path costs

An aerial view of how the distribution centre could look.

16 February 2015

Supermarket giant Aldi has received key backing for its proposed £50 million south-east distribution centre and HQ.


Plans for 120 jobs and 100 homes

Computer generated image of how the Asda would look

13 February 2015

Supermarket giant Asda has revealed more about its proposals to build a new Kent store.


Tesco Express rejected in "bottle-neck road"

E Cars 57-59 Luton High Street, Luton, Chatham where the Tesco Express was proposed

05 February 2015

A planning application for a convenience store has been rejected by councillors.


Goodbye Tesco - hello Poundland and Co-op

Poundland. Library image

02 February 2015

Budget retailer Poundland is moving into one of Medway's former Paul Simon stores which closed last year.


Tesco to close Kent branch

Tesco. Library image

28 January 2015

Tesco has announced it is to close a store in Kent, with the loss of 120 jobs.


The Bridal Boutique of Jules is a dream come true for Jeska

Jeska Hammond in her new bridal shop

25 January 2015

A new bridal boutique in Dover Road, Walmer, has now opened and owner Jeska is calling on all brides-to-be to make an appointment

Record year for Maidstone's shops

29 December 2014

Maidstone's lagging retail scene is back on track after a record year helped by celebrity guests.


Supermarket giant plans Island move

Phase two of the Neats Court development under construction in Queenborough.

23 December 2014

Up to 75 jobs could be created on Sheppey if proposals for a new store at Neats Court retail park get the go ahead.

Dame Kelly Holmes opens new cafe

Kelly Holmes at her newly opened Cafe 1809

12 December 2014

A new cafe has been opened in Hildenborough by former Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes.

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