New John Lewis store in Ashford

A new multi-million pound store is opening near Ashford in Kent today.

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Will John Lewis' new store have the 'halo effect' on Ashford?

The latest out-of-town superstore has opened in the south east today. John Lewis says its store in Ashford is good for local jobs and the town's economy. But is another out of town store too much for our declining town centres?

Andrea Thomas has been finding out. She spoke to new employee Tiffany Chittenden, Director of Selling, Maggie Porteous and Ashford Councillor Graham Galpin.

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First customer welcomed into new John Lewis store

Anna Ward from Charing is greeted with flowers and champagne as the first customer of Ashford's new John Lewis Credit: ITV Meridian

A new multi-million pound store has welcomed its first customer this morning!

John Lewis at Home which has been built near Junction 9 of the M20 in Kent has opened its doors to the public.

Anna Ward, from Charing, was the first customer into the enter the shop, which will focus on selling furniture, electrical and home technology.

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