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Ashford County Square Cardmarket taken over by WHSmith clearance sale

A card shop is now filled with discounted WHSmith items.

There have long been rumours that Ashford's branch of Cardmarket - a brand announced by the national stationer in 2014 - in County Square Shopping Centre could be closing next year.

Despite still having Cardmarket's frontage, a sign has been posted on the door declaring it a WHSmith clearance store
Despite still having Cardmarket's frontage, a sign has been posted on the door declaring it a WHSmith clearance store

Signage has now appeared declaring it a "WHSmith Clearance Shop", and has been filled with surplus products overnight.

Bargains include a David Cameron biography, on sale for £1, and a Game of Thrones colouring book reduced from £11.99 RRP to a fiver.

Also on offer is a range of stationery and notepads, with a set of 12 Sharpies costing £5.

WHSmith, which also owns FunkyPigeon.com, announced last October that it would be closing 24 Cardmarket stores.

Maidstone's Cardmarket branch in The Mall is within the proposed footprint for a food court, suggesting it could also be closing.

David Cameron's biography is among a vast array of discounted items
David Cameron's biography is among a vast array of discounted items

It is not yet known whether the stationery supplier will take over the County Square unit for good, or if it will be giving up the unit's lease.

WHSmith has been approached for comment.

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