Marks and Spencer are set to open a superstore in Maidstone.
The two-storey building will be built at Eclipse Park, neighbouring the large Next.
Homeware, clothing and food will be sold at the shop with 300 free car parking spaces for customers.
Maidstone already has two M&S stores in the town centre on Week Street.
Charlotte Hall, Store Manager at M&S Maidstone said:
“We’ll continue to sell clothing and food from our main high-street store, however, we have also proposed to close our smaller store further down Week Street.”
The Marks and Spencer build will begin in autumn next year before opening in autumn 2019.
A mother of two shopping on Fremlin Walk, Maidstone said:
“The price of parking here is going up but the good shops are leaving the town, I’d rather go to Bluewater or Next and M&S and pay nothing to look around instead.”
Indigo parking in Fremlin Walk recently increased parking charges to £1.90 for one hour, up to £9.50 for over five hours.
Kathleen Winter, owner of Past and Present on Union Street, Maidstone claims her loss of trade is because superstores are opening out of the town centre with free parking.
“The town doesn’t offer anything that people cant get elsewhere for cheaper costs – it’s full of coffee shops and fast food.”