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Tesco Express set to open in Eureka Place, Kennington in Ashford

Plans to convert a convenience store into a town's third Tesco Express have emerged.

The existing One Stop store in Eureka Place, Ashford, is set to be rebranded after Christmas - with the transition expected to happen early next year.

One Stop in Kennington
One Stop in Kennington

Retail bosses have submitted a planning application to Ashford Borough Council (ABC) to install signage at the Trinity Road shop and upgrade the entrance of the building.

Colleagues employed at the current store, which sits in a parade of shops next to Coral, will transfer across to Tesco.

The supermarket giant bought the One Stop chain back in 2003 and staff are now set to receive an increase in pay.

A manager at One Stop told the Kentish Express saying the transition will be completed in the next 10 weeks.

A Tesco spokesman confirmed the switch.

What the new store will look like
What the new store will look like

He said “We are rebranding our Eureka Place One Stop store in Ashford to a Tesco Express.

"We believe the Express brand will better serve this community, offering a broader range of both branded and Tesco own brand products, as well as more fresh food and food to go.

"Colleagues working at these stores will transfer across onto Tesco terms and conditions under TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) regulations.

"We will share more information on dates with the community shortly."

This will be the third Tesco Express store to open in Ashford, with stores already operating in the high street and Mace Lane.

The inside of the wrecked Tesco Express store in Mace Lane, Ashford in 2017. Picture: Steve Salter
The inside of the wrecked Tesco Express store in Mace Lane, Ashford in 2017. Picture: Steve Salter

In 2017, the Tesco Express store in Mace Lane was gutted by fire following an arson attack.

The mini supermarket reopened later that year after refurbishment work was carried out.

To view the planning application, visit www.ashford.gov and search for the 19/01601/AS reference.

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