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Discount store expands as Mall is renovated

POPULAR discount retailer Poundland is set to expand its store in The Mall in Maidstone after a complete refit as a £5m ren- ovation of the centre reaches com- pletion. The Works, which was devas-

tated by fire at its premises inWeek Street premises last year, will also move to the shopping complex. The new store will be next to the H.Samuel jewellers on the upper level, in a unit formerly occupied by Samantha’s. Poundland is taking on a unit

next door, meaning the present ten- ant, M&J Luggage, will move to a vacant space adjacent to it. It is hoped that retailer, T J Hughes, will be nearing completion of its new store at The Mall by the time the centre’s works are due to finish at the end of September. Former BHS workers, some of

whom had been with the chain for decades, landed jobs at the store in the same week they were made re- dundant.

Administrators were unable to

Poundland is expanding and refitting its store in The Mall shopping centre in Maidstone, which is undergoing a £5m renovation

find a buyer for the retail chain, which has shut all its stores and laid off 11,000 workers. The Mall has been undergoing a massive £5m refurbishment pro- gramme with new entrances, light- ing, toilets and an expansion of Golden Boot into the former Ship Inn on Gabriel's Hill. Mall spokesman Suzie Brindle

said: “We’re thrilled to be welcom- ing The Works to The Mall, and a brand new store for Poundland. “There are lots of exciting changes taking place, and we’re sure both new stores will be hugely

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popular with our shoppers.” Retailer assets manager Gareth Holland said: “With the extensive refurbishment of The Mall, Maid- stone almost complete, Poundland has exchanged an agreement to up- size and refurbish its existing store within The Mall to create a unit of almost 10,000sqft. “The new store should be open almost simultaneously with the opening of the new 30,000sqft TJ Hughes store. The refurbishment will be fully completed by the end of September, when further new lettings will be announced.”

News Boat burgled

ONE of Maidstone's most popular restaurants has been burgled with wine and cash stolen. The Embankment Bar and Restaurant, which floats on the River Medway, was broken into over the weekend. Money was taken from the till

and bottles of proseccowere stolen. Police said the investigation into

the break-in was ongoing and no one had been arrested in connec- tion with it.

Cadets’ march

CADETS from the Kent Wing Air Training Corps travelled to Hol- land to take part in the annual Ni- jmegen Marches – 160km hike over four days.

Among the 62 Kent youngsters were members from 40F Maidstone and 500 Headcorn units. Around 50,000 people from

across Europe attended the event this year.

Park fun day

A COMMUNITY fun day takes place at Maidstone’s Clare Park on September 11. There will be stalls and games from 11am until 4pm.

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