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Proposals for the closure were outlined in October and, after a consultation phase, the store has been deemed "commercially unsustainable".
The supermarket giant, which employs 128 people at its store in the Orchards Shopping Centre, will shut up shop for the last time at 5pm on February 18.
Waitrose director Stephen Hider said: "The decision to close the branch is an absolute last resort, however having considered a number of options to make the branch commercially sustainable and following consultation with our Dartford partners, we have sadly been unable to find a solution.
"Our priority remains our Dartford partners and we are endeavouring to find alternative work for those who wish to remain within the business.
"We will trade until February 18th and are grateful to those people who have written to us to express their support and our customers who continue to shop with us."
He added that trading at the branch has been "difficult" since it first open in 2004, when it replaced Safeway.
A spokesman for the John Lewis partner said: "We're working very hard to relocate all partners who wish to stay with the business and will know how many people wish to stay at the beginning of next year.
"We've been quite overwhelmed by the people who have written to us and the support we've got from out customers over the years.
"It's obviously very sad and disappointing that we have had to make this decision."
All Waitrose staff members at the Dartford branch were informed of the closure this morning.
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