Wilko targets Tunbridge Wells

Homeware chain Wilko is coming to a shopping centre in the Kent town of Tunbridge Wells.

Hermes Investment Management has confirmed that it has signed Wilko to its 300,000sq ft Royal Victoria Place shopping centre.

The retailer will combine two units on the lower level of the mall to create one 6,025sq ft store. A sign has been placed outside the site confirming it will open at 9am on August 24, in the premises formerly occupied by HMV.

Hermes Investment Management recently announced that it has achieved planning consent to extend the centre by over 173,000sq ft.

The proposed £70 million extension will see over 120,000sq ft of retail and more than 22,000sq ft of food and beverage space added to the centre. A new all-day 30,000sq ft cinema will also be created.

A Wilko spokesperson said: “Royal Victoria Place is a popular shopping destination with excellent choice in the heart of Tunbridge Wells. We’re delighted to bring Wilko and our range of quality products at everyday low prices to the newly extended centre.”

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