Ashford extension approved

Published:  28 September, 2015

Green light for McArthurGlen’s Ashford designer outlet expansion

The Ashford designer outlet centre has been given the go ahead for a 100,000-sq ft extension which will add 40 new stores, six restaurants and cafes as well as creating up to an additional 700 jobs.

This is the first expansion since the centre, designed by Sir Richard Rogers, opened in 2000. The plans – approved by Ashford Borough Council – include the largest vertical ‘green wall’ built in the UK.

The existing outlet comprises 90 stores and currently attracts nearly 3m visitors a year. The expanded outlet centre has the potential to further Ashford’s international appeal, while creating stronger links to the station and having an offer that complements the town centre with different, branded retailers. Phase two is planned to open in 2018.

The expansion will look to create the next generation of designer outlet, reflecting the quality of flagship McArthurGlen designer outlets in Continental Europe, taking the customer experience to a new level, bringing in exciting new brands, as well as café and restaurant concepts.

The expansion will create jobs, benefit the economy and establish it as a major shopping destination with several million more visitors a year predicted.

Gary Bond, McArthurGlen’s managing director of development, said: “With many major brands wanting to open at Ashford designer outlet, we are delighted to have obtained the support of Ashford Borough Council to deliver an even more compelling shopping experience to our customers in the Kent and London areas and the substantial number of tourists who visit.

“We are hugely excited about the opportunities that Ashford Phase 2 will bring to the town and to the wider county. We are now focused on the final stages required to enable building works to start next year.”

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