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on the interior and other details (here)!
A little over six years ago, Abercrombie & Fitch arrived in the United Kingdom with a force of unparalleled attitude. It's London flagship store at 7 Burlington Gardens became the epicenter of all-American privileged cool in an exclusive area, in the Mayfair neighborhood, once only the domain old-world English style. And A&F London was to remain the only Abercrombie & Fitch location in Great Britain...rumors of the arrival of a sequel location would come and go. But after years of speculation, it's happening: Abercrombie & Fitch will finally open doors to its second UK retail spot – Britain's first A&F outlet store – this upcoming 9 May 2013 at the Ashford Designer Outlet.
The selection of the Ashford Designer Outlet for Abercrombie & Fitch is most strategically appropriate. Retail-wise, the shopping center belongs to the McArthurGlen family of high-end outlets – found throughout the UK and continental Europe – carrying brands like Prada, Valentino, and Ralph Lauren, for the stylish individual, at attractively reduced prices. For brands offered at Ashford Designer Outlets, see (here). Furthermore, the Ashford Designer Outlet is about 60 minutes southeast of London – the town of Ashford being on the M20 motorway which links to the London Orbital (M25) motorway encircling Greater London. The M20 continues on down to Folkestone where the Channel Tunnel then provides transport to and from England and France.
In the heart of Kent, famed as the Garden of England, lies Ashford Designer Outlet – a visitor attraction in its own right. Designed by [the renowned architect] Lord Richard Rogers, the centre attracts fashion conscious visitors from London, South East England and Europe, who enjoy 70 stores offering reductions of up to 60% on premium and designer brands including Fred Perry, Reiss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Nike, Ted Baker and Tommy Hilfiger.
Located within walking distance from Ashford International Station, just 27 minutes from Central London by high-speed train and minutes from junction 10 of the M20, visitors from the UK and Europe can satisfy their passion for fashion with ease. The centre is also a perfect stop-off point for anyone driving to or from the cross-channel ferry port at Dover. Set beneath an awe-inspiring structure, the centre offers a range of restaurants and cafes and a children’s play area, making it the perfect shopping location for the whole family. - McArthurGlen Designer Outlets (source)
As of now, Abercrombie & Fitch is in hire of store models for A&F Ashford Designer Outlet (ANF store #11380). The impending opening of the location, although an outlet store, is quite looked forward to. Naturally, the presence of the shop will bring further consumer traffic and notability to the Ashford Designer Outlet shopping center.
UPDATE (JUNE 2013): Check out insightful details and insider pics (here)!
UPDATE (16 APRIL 2013): The opening was announced as Thursday, May 9. This post was revised in effect.