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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.

Sports shop to close after 30 years

Mark Roach and Karl O' Brien are closing their Stadium Sports store to concentrate on their online business

17 August 2015

Three decades after it first opened, bosses are shutting a High Street store...but it's not all bad news.

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.

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