In Autumn 2019, our much anticipated 100,000 sq. ft. expansion will officially open its doors to local Ashford residents, visitors from London and European and international tourists. Once the £90 million extension is complete, Ashford Designer Outlet will become one of the UK’s flagship fashion, food and homeware destinations, with over 130 stores, restaurants and cafes. Some of the highlights of our centre expansion include:
50 New Luxury and Premium Brands
50 leading names in fashion, food and homeware are set to launch in our centre bringing the total number of brands to over 130. While it’s too early to reveal who will be joining us, in the past three years alone we’ve introduced highly sought-after names including All Saints, Calvin Klein, Cath Kidston, Hugo Boss and Abercrombie & Fitch, and our 50 new stores and restaurants will be equally exciting. .
Delicious Dining Options in our New Food Piazza
A brand new Food Piazza to tantalise all tastebuds, bursting with delectable dining options from eat-in restaurants, to cafes and street food selections. Guests are still able to enjoy an extensive food and beverage offering while the construction of the Food Piazza takes place, with the likes of Pizza Express, Wagamama, Patisserie Valerie, Lost Sheep Coffee and a variety of food and drink pop ups available throughout the centre.
Fun, Family Friendly Spaces
The expansion will bring a newly designed events space with an action packed programme suitable for the whole family, as well as a bigger and better children’s play zone. To keep our littlest visitors entertained until our new play zone arrives in Autumn 2019, we’ve set up a temporary play area opposite Pizza Express.
Europe’s Largest Living Wall
Europe’s largest living wall will be installed in the centre during our expansion. A must-see attraction, the structure and many of the new stores will be clad in tens of thousands of plants, all stacked vertically.
Even More Parking
725 car parking spaces have been added to the centre, improving the guest experience. The new car park is now open.
Supporting our Local Community
Following the expansion, 500 jobs will be created at the centre for Ashford’s local community. As well as this, we will introduce a complimentary shuttle bus linking the Ashford Designer Outlet, the town centre and the international train station at peak weekends and during the school holidays, while also providing funds for the enhancement of pedestrian and cycle routes from the station. The expansion is one of eight major projects highlighted by Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Council as key employment and economic drivers in the development of the town.Discover More
Looking to the Future
We first announced plans to expand the centre in 2014 and secured planning approval from Ashford Borough Council in September 2015. During that time the centre’s popularity has continued to soar and we now welcome over 3.6 million guests every year to take advantage of year-round savings of up to 60 per cent. We are working hard to ensure our visitor experience remains memorable and enjoyable during this construction period and look forward to welcoming guests to the expanded centre in 2019.
27th - 28th July
We are partnering with Guide Dogs Ashford, to host our first ever Handbag Amnesty; and we would love for you to get involved! Donate a handbag to the Amnesty from 15th - 26th July and receive amazing savings at participating brands, then visit our pop-up shop on 27th - 28th July when the charity will be selling the pre-loved bags. Plus, purchase a raffle ticket and you could win a brand new Paul Costelloe handbag worth £250, with all proceeds going to Guide Dogs Ashford. Discover how to get involved, and help us raise funds!