Landsec unveils new "Produced in Kent" retail concept at Bluewater
Landsec has announced a new retail concept store at Bluewater shopping centre, which will showcase an array of independent brands within a dedicated space.
Part of a collaboration with local trade organisation, Produced in Kent, the 2,000 sq ft store is set to be at Bluewater for six months, allowing shoppers to sample the best produce from across the region.
Shoppers can experience dedicated demonstration spaces, tasting stations and other interactive features at the store, which will refresh its offerings on a rotation basis to provide a physical platform for as many brands as possible.
Floortje Hoette, Chief Executive of Produced in Kent, said: "We are thrilled to finally have a physical space in Kent to showcase our members’ products, but also to explain to the customer what the Produced in Kent logo stands for: high-quality, locally produced sustainable food and drink with a clear Kent signature. We are enormously proud of what our producers are achieving in a challenging trading environment – the shop is a great way to convince the public to buy more local and support them."
The first brands in the store include Shepherd Neame, Kent Crisps, Kentish Pip, Maidstone Distillery, Coffee Bean Shop, Fudge Kitchen and Meopham Valley Vineyard with more looking to join as Christmas approaches.
Laura Bounds MBE, Owner of Kent Crisps, Kentish Oils & Condiments and A Little Bit Food Co, said: "I am delighted that Kent Crisps, Kentish Oils & Condiments and A Little Bit Food Co have all been chosen to be part of this exciting new shop at Bluewater. I am passionate about promoting all that Kent has to offer when it comes to food & drink and believe this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best producers from the Garden of England.
"We’re proudly rooted in Kent and are looking forward to being able to bring our delicious products to a new audience, as well as giving existing customers a brand new outlet to purchase from."