- Macknade Fine Foods

Ashford Update Pt 1

The latest about our new venture in Ashford from our MD, Stefano…

I love the swan analogy – of the beautiful graceful bird, effortlessly cruising down the river – with its webbed feet frantically paddling below the surface!

At Macknade I see firsthand all the ‘paddling’ that goes on by our team everyday to deliver the customer focused experience we are so proud of!

Our arrival in Ashford is case in point… It has been years in the planning and we are now finally reaching what will be a hugely exciting stage in our journey… the grand opening later this year!

Over the years, we have built a hugely talented team from the shop floor up and have embedded systems to support our sustainable growth, whilst allowing us to never comprise on our family ethos and the welcoming feel we have nurtured in Faversham since my parents, Renato & Patricia, started our PYO on the Ashford Road in 1979.

Ashford Borough Council and Stanhope, the Elwick Place Developers, have been hugely supportive partners in delivering what is such an exciting next step for Macknade.

The retail and food service world is going through a massive shake up. Regardless of political hue, it is clear to all that this is a hugely dynamic period, and we believe that family businesses, like ourselves, are the way forward in shaping the ‘high streets’ of the future.

For us, this means taking long term views to deliver spaces that create meaningful roles for people, showcase the best produce available and are environments where everyone feels welcome.

July has been a mad month of ramping up! We have the green light to take on No.1 Elwick Place and it is full steam ahead so that we can open for our first guests in Autumn. A soft start to iron out teething problems, so that we will be full canter by the end of the year, rocking and rolling for our first (dare I say it whilst basking in the July sunshine!) Christmas!!!

Macknade panels will soon be up in the windows and we are working on timelines with our partners – electricians, plumbers, furniture makers, producers & more. They know our schedule is tight, but when everyone has a shared goal, we work for each other. And that is what Macknade at Elwick Place will be… simply the visible tip of the iceberg…the ‘elegant swan’ above the crazy paddling feet!!

We talk about the Macknade experience and creating a ‘Favourite Place’ for all our community and it is all of Macknade…our tradesmen, specialists, suppliers, designers, producers, shop floor teams, office teams and of course you, our customers, that make it all possible.

To find out more about Macknade in Ashford, please click here.


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