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      24.01.2010 18:53
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      Good for your everyday needs but needs a bit of re-vamping.

      I just came across this category as I was searching for some reviews about a restaurant in Dartford. As no one had written a review yet, I thought I would write one to let any would be visitors what they could expect.

      Dartford has two main shopping sections, they are both very near each other about a two minute walk apart yet there is a very distinct divide.

      Section one is the 'new' part of Dartford. It is a retail park called prospect place which is home to the following main shops
      B&Q - A large store with a nice outdoor garden section.
      Carpet right - Your average carpet right store.
      Marks and spencer - Food to go - This is a diddy little M&S which sells food and a limited selection of household essentials.
      Asda living - A very large Asda with a whole floor devoted to clothing, there is a cafe and ample electrical section.
      Next clearance - This is a smallish store with great bargains if you can be bothered to search for them.
      Matalan - A very large store with a huge range of clothing and homewares.
      T.K.Maxx - Again a large store with a large range of homewares, clothing and toys, great bargains to be had.
      Pizza hut - great for lunch or dinner.

      There is also a SCS sofa shop, carphone warehouse, bath store, costa coffee and a Dreams bed shop.

      There are nearly 700 parking spaces and parking is free for the first two hours, they use a plate recognition so there is no need to get a ticket if you will be less than two hours.
      A 2-3 hour stay is charged at £3, and 3-4 hours is charged at £5. Max stay is four hours - no return.

      Once you have finished in prospect place you can head over to 'old town'. This part of Dartford has two shopping centres, but before you get excited since the opening of Bluewater and the current recession many shops are empty and boarded up.

      The first centre is called 'The Orchards', this centre has the following shops
      Waitrose, florist, Evans, J D sports, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Silver leaf, New look, Clintons outlet, Primark and Boots. It also has a chinease herble shop, curtain store, P.C repair shop, cut price card and baloon shop and two jewlery stores. In the middle it has a BB's coffee shop. It also has its own pre- school and creche called chuckles.

      Parking is - 0 - 2 hours - £0.50, 2 - 3 hours - £1.00, 3 - 4 hours - £1.50, 4 hours plus - £10.00.

      Dartfords other shopping centre is called 'The Priory centre', this has
      Sainsburys, Game station, Clintons, Wilkinsons, Greggs, Card Factory, Thorntons, Timpsons, Peacocks, 99p stores, Co-op Travel agents, superdrug, Mothercare and Mc Donalds. It also has a couple of shoe shops, childrens clothes store, hairdressers, Bed shop several cafes and a beauty salon.

      There is a huge multi story car park and it costs 50p per hour, Parking is free on Sundays.

      There is a high street with W.H Smith, Argos, Ryman, Savers, KFC, Shoe Zone and countless charity shops.

      On a Thursday and a Saturday there is a busy Market.

      I would say if you live local it like me it has everything you need, but I wouldn't be a day out and wouldn't be worth traveling very far for a shopping visit.

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