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It has been a difficult year for arable farmers in Kent

Record harvest 'ruined by weather'

Heavy rain has caused havoc with the harvest for many wheat growers in Kent.

Petrol station revamped

Stock picture.

A petrol garage will reopen after a refurbishment.

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Hundreds of jobs lost as company goes bust

Southern Salads is based in Tonbridge. Picture: Instant Street View

A family-run firm that supplied fresh salads to supermarkets, restaurants and travel chains across the UK has suddenly ceased trading.

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National chain coming to town

Sheerness High Street

A national retailer will fill an empty high street unit left by Store Twenty One.

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Farming firm goes into administration

The KWG site in Tannery Lane, Ashford

A farming retailer has gone into administration after nearly 100 years of trading, citing a downturn in retail and account sales.

Kitchen maker cooks up moving plans

Traditional Bespoke Furniture make tailored kitchens. Stock image

A kitchen making company is eyeing a move into bigger premises after landowners submitted a planning application to convert a barn.

Third Aldi to open within weeks

Ambley Road, Gillingham. Pic: Google Maps

A new supermarket will open on a business park next month, creating 30 jobs.

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Man aims to create next best folding bike

Stuart Lambert, business founder and product designer with design engineer Alex Kalogroulis

Stuart Lambert who has spent thousands designing a new compact folding bicycle is finally ready to take it to production.

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Sweet success in blind tasting

Fudge Kitchen managing director Sian Holt

A fudge maker and ice cream producer have picked up a host of awards at a blind-taste testing at the world’s largest food and drink awards.

Future of supermarket is uncertain

The Co-op in Park Street, Deal

The future of a Kent supermarket is uncertain after the company admits it doesn’t know if it will be renewing its lease.

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Forgotten street is now heart of town

Oxford Street was a forgotten road at "the wrong end of town" but pubs, galleries and coffee houses have transformed it.

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Asda considers redundancies

Asda has 14 stores in Kent

Asda has not ruled out redundancies at 18 of its worst-performing stores – including one in Kent.

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Wine sales bubble over

Hush Heath's Balfour Brut Rose on ice

Kent is the thirstiest place outside London when it comes to English wine, according to new figures.

Bargain Booze opens store

Bargain Booze has opened a franchise in Maidstone

An off-licence chain has opened its first shop in a Kent town.

Beadles profits down ahead of takeover

Beadles traces its history to 1893

An historic car retailer has reported a fall in profits a month after it was taken over by a US motor giant.

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We’re daring to be different

Chapel Down chief executive Frazer Thompson

The boss of a Kent winemaker believes the key to success is doing something no one else can do as it prepares to open a new brewery.

Vinyl floor brings music to the eyes

Tahlula and Vincent Monticelli at The Record Store, Ashford

A town centre record shop is certainly turning heads after revealing a new floor made up of vinyl.

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New M&S Foodhall opens

The new M&S Foodhall in Strood

Eager shoppers queued for a first glimpse of Kent's newest M&S Foodhall as it opened its doors today.

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