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Next no longer leaving County Square in Ashford after u-turn on closure plans


Customers who feared there could be “nothing” left in a city heart buying heart are delighted Subsequent has u-turned on its plans to shut.

The clothes retailer introduced earlier this 12 months that it will be closing its County Sq. retailer and leaving Ashford for good.

The extension in County Square
The extension in County Sq.
Next is opposite the former Debenhams unit
Subsequent is reverse the previous Debenhams unit

However in a shock transfer, bosses have now reversed their choice after negotiating a brand new lease.

The information is a much-needed increase for County Sq., following the current closure of different key shops.

In March, the H&M which neighbored Subsequent shut its doorways, leaving an empty unit within the buying heart’s extension which opened in 2008.

Subsequent can be reverse the deserted area left behind when Debenhams closed its three-storey unit in January 2020.

KentOnline spoke to customers at County Sq. yesterday in regards to the information Subsequent is staying put.

Karen Beaney likes to look in Next for clothes for her grandchildren
Karen Beaney likes to look in Subsequent for garments for her grandchildren

Common buyer Nicola Elcock, from Mersham, stated: “It is positively a good suggestion it is staying open.

“I work round right here so on my break there would actually be nothing to take a look at if it closed.”

Her mom Sandra Elcock stated: “We store right here so much. If it closes the closest is Maidstone and Canterbury, so I am completely happy about it staying.”

Shopper Karen Beaney stated she was happy to listen to Subsequent is staying open and would have been “unhappy to see it go contemplating all the opposite retailers have closed round it”.

“I come buying on the town virtually on daily basis to have a stroll and seize the bits I would like,” stated the 49-year-old.

Rose Paul from Ashford town center is pleased Next is staying open
Rose Paul from Ashford city heart is happy Subsequent is staying open

“I am actually happy it is staying open. I used to all the time store in Subsequent for my son when he was youthful. They’ve beneficiant sizing and actually good high quality garments.

“Now I’ve acquired grandchildren so I’m going in and browse for them.

“I used to go to H&M and Debenhams so if Subsequent was to go, I’d have been fairly upset.

“We do not want one other store closing, not down this finish particularly.”

Rose Paul who lives close to the city heart usually visits Subsequent and likes that they’ve “a wide variety of kids’s garments”.

H&M next door closed in March
H&M subsequent door closed in March

“I am completely happy to listen to it is staying open,” the 32-year-old stated.

Willesborough resident Sandra Hills, 70, stated if Subsequent did shut, there could be “nowhere else to purchase women’ garments” on the town.

“It is glorious it is staying,” she stated, including: “I come up right here fairly a typically.”

A spokesperson from County Sq. stated: “County Sq. is happy to announce the completion of the lease renewal for the Subsequent retailer in County Sq. buying centre, Ashford.

“As Subsequent have been one of many main nationwide tenants who’ve been in Part two of County Sq. since its inception, the brand new homeowners are delighted to have reached an settlement between each events.

Bosses at Next have negotiated a lease with County Square
Bosses at Subsequent have negotiated a lease with County Sq.

“We stay up for persevering with to work with Subsequent in offering an incredible buying expertise to customers and guests.”

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