Hundreds of jobs created in outlet expansion

A shopping centre boss says building work on a multi-million pound expansion project will start in November.

Peter Corr has been the Ashford Designer Outlet manager since December last year and will oversee the project, which includes up to 50 more shops or restaurants and is said will create 500 more jobs.

He added that the centre could even hold a Guinness World Record for the largest “living wall” containing plants and flowers when it is complete.

Ashford Outlet Centre

But he admitted that it would only be temporary, as a project in Dubai will build one five times larger and is set to open several months later.

Mr Corr said: “We already have the largest tented shopping structure in Europe and we want to get hold of the world record for the living wall, even if that’s only for a few months.

“The expansion will include 50 new units and an extra car park on land behind Asda. It will give the centre a plaza type feel.

“We have to remove the current food court area and the tented structure first and we hope to start construction in late November this year.”

The food court and play areas will need to be removed, along with car parking spaces, with new play areas and car parking spaces to be created.

McArthur Glen, which runs the outlet, has estimated that around 12% of visitors are tourists from further afield, but it is the company’s hope to double this to 25%.

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