It is a sign of the times - large out of town shopping centres with free parking drawing shoppers away from struggling high streets.
Now that Bluewater in Kent has been granted permission to expand, there are fears about the effect it could have on local town centres in Gravesend and Dartford.
As Sarah Saunders reports.
Sarah spoke to shop owner, Kevin Cheema.
Thousands of people turned out in Gravesend to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.
We speak to some of those who joined the procession including:
Cllr Gurjit Kaur Bains, Gravesham council; Gurvinder Sandher from Kent Equality Cohesion Council; Jasbinder Biring, co-organiser and Cllr Samir Jassal, Gravesham council.
Sikhs have been celebrating the 'Spring harvest' festival of Vaisakhi. The religious festival marks the Sikh New Year.Read the full story ›
In the South East the majority of our constituencies voted to leave the EU - in fact more than a million people voted leave - that's 55 per cent of the turnout.
The most pro Brexit place in our region was Gravesham - where 65% voted to leave.
The most pro remain group was Brighton and Hove where 69% wanted to stay.
We've been back to both places to see if people have changed their minds. Andy Dickenson and John Ryall report.
Four men have been charged in connection with the death of a man in Gravesend almost 16 years ago.
Leonard Naylor died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds on his driveway in Bracondale Avenue in April 2001.
51 year old Robert Blackwell, of Atlas Road in Plaistow, London and 52 year old Kane Ward, of Boyd Close in Upminster, Essex have been charged with conspiracy to murder.
51 year old David Carvel, of Plains Farm Close in Colchester, Essex and 43 year old Terence Barry, of no fixed address have also been charged with conspiracy to murder.
Police are continuing to review the case.
A gang of criminals who carried out ram-raids and break-ins across Gravesend and the Medway Towns have been jailed.
The four men were all convicted of conspiracy to burgle following a series of twelve offences last year.
The gang are beginning prison sentences totalling seventeen years.
Some of their offences were caught on CCTV footage, as Malcolm Shaw reports.
Two 18 year olds have been charged with GBH after a stabbing in Gravesend earlier this monthRead the full story ›
Kent Police are investigating a serious assault in Gravesend.
They were called at 4.55pm on Saturday 14 January 2017 to Christian Fields Avenue. where a man had sustained a serious leg injury, consistent with a stab wound, and had been taken to a London hospital.
Officers attended with the National Police Air Service helicopter and carried out a search of the area.
Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in police custody. Police remain at the scene as part of their ongoing enquiries.
Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.
Kent Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit has seized around 300,000 illegal cigarettes in Gravesend.
It's estimated that tax worth £120,000 had not been paid.
Four men, aged 21, 25, 36 and 25 years old and all from Gravesend, a 34-year-old man from Manchester and 19-year-old man from Ilford, Essex, were arrested during the operation and have been bailed until February.
Police are appealing for information after two people were stabbed in Gravesend.
On Monday evening, officers were called to an address in St Albans Close where the pair were discovered and taken to hospital.
Their condition has been described as critical but stable.
Anyone with information please contact Kent Police by calling 101 quoting reference 05-1126 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.