Published: 17:40, 02 July 2020
| Updated: 18:07, 02 July 2020
A huge John Lewis store which only opened in 2013 may remain permanently closed.
Ashford's two-storey 'at home' branch has been shut since lockdown began with no reopening date in sight.
Now bosses at the department store chain say it is “highly unlikely” all of their sites will welcome customers again.
A report in The Times today suggests the John Lewis At Home shops, which include Ashford, are high on the list destined to close permanently.
A spokeswoman would not comment on the Ashford store specifically, but did provide a statement.
She said: "The reality is that we have too much store space for the way people want to shop now and we have shared this with our partners.
"As difficult as it is, it is highly unlikely we will reopen all our John Lewis stores.
"However no decision has been made and any details would be shared with partners first by the middle of July."
Kent's other John Lewis stores at Bluewater and Tunbridge Wells both reopened last month.
Ashford's shop - which is in Fougeres Way and created 125 jobs when it opened - cost £7m to build and goes across 40,000 sq ft.
The store was given planning permission in October 2011 but work started on the site in April 2013 after 18 months of delays.
It opened in November that year, featuring 196 car parking spaces and a 92-seat cafe which overlooks the busy Drovers roundabout.
The national homeware giant was expected to fill a store on the yet-to-be-built Drovers Retail Park, but it has now been replaced by discount retailer Home Bargains.
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