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Cost of town centre revamp grows £900k

Maidstone council will spend £4m on upgrading town centre streets, but does not know where the money will come from.


Supermarket gives 1% of profits to good causes

The power of shopping locally has been proven by the money given to community groups by a supermarket.


Bluewater expansion to create 2,300 jobs

The shopping centre has been given the go-ahead to build an extension - and said it will make payments to town centres that will lose business.


Factory's plan for new base

Plans have been submitted to build a new manufacturing and distribution facility for a growing hair and beauty factory.

Winemaker toasts 'excellent year'

Chapel Down toasted growing sales last year amid rising demand for English wine and its craft ales and lagers.

Pictures: The White Company opens store

Soft furnishings retailer The White Company has nearly doubled the size of its site in a shopping centre.

Closed store ‘likely to remain empty for some time’

Nearly a year after the collapse of department store chain BHS, more than two thirds of the shops still lie empty.


Mattress maker back in comfortable position

A bed manufacturer which holds a royal warrant has swung back into profit after coming under new ownership.

Jaeger confirms store closure

Fashion chain Jaeger has announced it is to close its flagship store in Kent, with the loss of 13 jobs.

Good news for entertainment fans!

New signs erected at a revamped entertainment complex boost hopes that the building could be fully open by the end of the month.


Calls to throw away peanut sweets

Shoppers have been told to dispose of some KitKat treats after one of the batches was wrongly labelled.


Firm slams lack of business parking

A furniture store hit by thousands of pounds of parking fines while unloading goods has called for a solution to a Kent town's parking problem.


Jeweller to shut up shop after 155 years

A jeweller is set to shut its doors for the final time 155 years on from its first day of trading.


End of an era as shop closes after 38 years

“Aggressive marketing” from multinationals and supermarkets has forced the closure of one of the town's longest running businesses after 38 years.

Retail park fines ‘can only damage the town’s reputation’

Controversial fines imposed on drivers who park at a retail park and then leave to walk into the town a few metres away are back.


Final phase of retail park soon open for business

Work is nearing completion on the final phase of the Neats Court retail park in Queenborough.

Investors to scoop up udderly alcoholic ice cream

A cocktail ice cream maker inspired by a dinner party experiment is aiming to raise £150,000 to launch into major retailers.

Jobs at risk as Jaeger collapses into administration

The high-end brand has gone into administration, putting nearly 700 jobs at risk across the country, including at three stores in Kent.


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