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Ashford Bonmarché store closes for good

A high street fashion shop has closed a Kent store for good.

Bonmarché's Ashford branch, situated in the County Square Shopping Centre, now has a sign on the door saying: "Sorry this store is now closed".

Ashford's Bonmarche store has been emptied after yesterday's closure
Ashford's Bonmarche store has been emptied after yesterday's closure

A spokesman for administrator FRP advisory confirmed the town centre store - which employed six staff - was closed yesterday.

He also noted it was the only Kent site to be closed so far, saying: "The remaining sites continue to trade and the property portfolio remains under constant assessment.

"It was announced on November 28 that Peacocks had been identified as a preferred bidder for Bonmarche.

"Negotiations are ongoing and the vast majority of open stores are expected to be part of a deal from the bidder.”

Closing down sales appeared at the branch in November, and similar discounts were advertised in the company's Ramsgate store.

Signs confirm that Bonmarché has left Ashford for good
Signs confirm that Bonmarché has left Ashford for good

However the Thanet store seems to remain open for the time being.

The same is true of Folkestone's Bonmarché, which never displayed the 'closing down sale' sign and hasn't been confirmed to be closing.

Elsewhere, the Sheerness High Street store is still operational despite being closed today.

A sign on the door reads: "Due to unforeseen circumstances this shop is closed today but will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday 9am.

"Sorry for any inconvenience."

Signs appeared at the Ashford shop in November announcing closing down sales
Signs appeared at the Ashford shop in November announcing closing down sales

Canterbury's branch in the nearby Wyevale Garden Centre didn't feature the preliminary closing banners, nor did the outlet in Tonbridge.

The brand - which had 318 shops nationwide and employed 2,887 staff as of last year - went into administration on October 18.

It was announced early in November that 100 stores would be shutting after financial troubles.

The retailer confirmed the Ashford store will not reopen but did not reveal when the others will shut.

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