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Michael Kors set to open at Ashford Designer Outlet

Designer label Michael Kors is set to open its second store in Kent.

The luxury brand - which sells designer handbags, watches, shoes and clothing - is preparing to open at Ashford Designer Outlet.

The luxury brand is coming to the designer outlet. Picture: SPERA
The luxury brand is coming to the designer outlet. Picture: SPERA

It will be the second store to open in Kent, as there is currently a shop at the other end of the county in Bluewater shopping centre.

And is set to open this spring, although bosses at McArthurGlen are yet to confirm an opening date.

The company is currently advertising for a manager to run the new outlet.

A job advert posted in the careers section of the company's website said: "We are excited to be opening our latest outlet store in Ashford this spring and are now looking for our newest store manager.

"The management roles will lead the new team, working to achieve sales objectives and ensure the best possible customer experience."

The new food court at Ashford Designer Outlet
The new food court at Ashford Designer Outlet

It is not yet clear if it will operate from a new unit in the £90 million extension or from the existing part of the centre.

Established in 1981, Michael Kors stores can be found across the world, operated either directly or through licensing partners.

Ashford will join the ranks of some of the world's most prestigious cities including Beverly Hills, Shanghai and Milan.

Bosses cut the ribbon on the £90 million shopping centre expansion last November.

Plans first emerged to construct a 100,000 sq ft extension to the outlet centre in 2013, and planning approval was granted in September 2015 for the scheme.

Part of the new extension
Part of the new extension

Work on the development commenced last January, with the tented structure above the former food court being permanently removed later that year to make way for 50 new units.

It was the first time part of the iconic canopy had been taken down since the attraction opened in 2000.

An updated, larger food piazza was one of the first components to be installed, which was later filled by big-brands Pret a Manger, Five Guys and YO! Sushi.

Here's a full list of all the new shops at Ashford Designer Outlet.

For more news on big brands and good places to enjoy a tasty bite, head to our Eat, Drink, Shop section

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