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Peacocks in Bouverie Place Shopping Centre in Folkestone closes

Another high street chain has left Folkestone town centre.

It has been confirmed that Peacocks, based in Bouverie Place shopping centre, has closed down.

The store had its last day of trading on Saturday (April 13).

Peacocks in Folkestone reveals 'closing down sale' (5818107)
Peacocks in Folkestone reveals 'closing down sale' (5818107)

It emerged in December last year that the clothing chain could be shutting the branch after signs appeared advertising a 'closing down sale'.

Large red posters in the windows with a footnote added that the closure was be 'subject to landlord negotiation'.

A spokesman for the company said: "I can confirm the store did close on Saturday. Peacocks aren’t commenting any further on this."

Peacocks would not confirm if jobs have been lost, or how many people have been affected.

It was previously confirmed that the company were 'constantly reviewing costs' to ensure 'long term profitability', and noted that store closures were part of this plan.

The news comes just days after fears were raised about the future of Folkestone's flagship store, Debenhams, after the company fell into administration.

It is the second brand located in Bouverie Place to close in less than a year.

Next left the shopping centre in July but all 24 jobs were saved by transfers to Dover at the new St James Retail Park store.

Bouverie Place shopping centre opened in the town in November 2007 and the £30m complex took two years to build. Next had been on the site in Alexandra Gardens since its opening.

Choice Discount Store filled the empty unit a few weeks later.

Bouverie place shopping centre in Folkestone. Picture: Gary Browne
Bouverie place shopping centre in Folkestone. Picture: Gary Browne

Peacocks was established in Warrington in 1884, as a family run business selling a wide range of goods.

In January 2012, Peacocks entered administration and was bought by The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group which also owns the Jane Norman chain.

The chain currently employs over 6,000 people and there are currently over 400 Peacocks retail outlets located in the UK.

It is not yet known what will fill the newly vacant unit.

Bouverie Place Shopping Centre has been contacted for comment.

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