Boost to the Ashford economy with the arrival of major chain store

Property Posted 22/10/13
John Lewis set to open new store in Kent

A multi-million pound commercial investment has been made into creating premises for the new John Lewis ‘at home’ shop in Ashford which is set to open this month.

Located on a site close to junction 9 of the M20 in Kent, it will focus on furniture, furnishing accessories, electrical and home technology. The 40,000 sq ft shop will be spread across two floors and will be the retailer’s tenth ‘at home’ shop.

The shop will feature a customer cafe and additional services include the John Lewis Gift List, the Home Design Service and the newly launched ‘Any shape, Any Fabric’ service which lets customers design their own sofas and chairs by choosing from more than 250 frames and 400 fabrics.

Glynis Gunning-Stevenson, branch manager, John Lewis at home Ashford, said: “I’m delighted to be announcing the opening date of John Lewis at home Ashford and together with my team of

Partners (staff) will be excited to welcoming customers through the doors come Thursday 7th November.

“We’re looking forward to becoming part of the local community in Ashford, providing shoppers with convenient access to our inspiring products, great value and exceptional customer service. It’s fantastic to see momentum build as the shop starts to really take shape ahead of opening day.”

Gerry Clarkson, leader of Ashford borough council said: “This is really positive news, we look forward to the 7th of November. We have said all along that John Lewis is exactly the type of company we want to attract to the borough and I believe that when such a successful name with a strong reputation for high quality invests in your area it demonstrates the confidence that exists in Ashford as a place to do business. Ashford weathered the economic downturn well and this is evidence of the exciting period that now awaits us.

“Of course, in being able to achieve an opening date in the run-up to Christmas, it increases our retail offer at a crucial time of year, complementing our bustling town centre.”

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