Two new businesses open in a mall – just two weeks after two more were announced to be withdrawn.
A Thai restaurant has already started serving customers at the Dockside Outlet in Chatham and a perfume store is due to open on Friday.
Center director Anthony Sutton said: “This is good news. It means the center will only have one vacant unit – and there is already interest in it.”
He added that advanced negotiations were underway with a new occupant for the large Poundstretchers unit and that an announcement would be made shortly.
The owner of Pad Thai Live, who ran a food stall in the street market in Dockside, has now expanded to a restaurant offering food, take-out and delivery service across Medway.
This is Richy Williams’ third business in Kent, and his latest restaurant – which he runs with his wife of Thai descent – has already proven to be popular.
Former salesman Richy, 42, said: “It’s not just about coming in and having a meal served at your table.
“Our open kitchen is like watching a live cooking show on TV, the kind of experience you would get in the markets in Thailand. Soak up the drama, entertainment and smells of aromatic cuisine. “
The cuisine prepared by Nic, his wife of 17 years, is guaranteed to be authentic.
Richy added, “Her mother ran a restaurant on Koh Sumui Island and she grew up watching her cook in the kitchen.
“My job gives me a real buzz. You meet people from all walks of life, buyers, students and those who have been to Thailand and want to eat.”
The couple, who live in Ashford, have a stall at Gravesend Borough Market and Star Arcade in Maidstone.
The new restaurant is on the first floor of the old Onpoint Flooring store.
Meanwhile, The Fragrance Shop is preparing to open its new premises downstairs.
The national company has a kiosk at the Pentagon Center in Chatham, where it sells top brand women’s fragrances and men’s aftershaves.
Last month, Scoots Clothing, a retail outlet specializing in menswear, opened up selling the Lambretta, Trojan and Ska brands.
As reported late last month, Cadbury Chocolate Factory said it was not extending its lease after 18 years at the center.
The Poundstretchers discount store is leaving after six years.
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