One of the UK’s largest independent multi-brand estate agency chains, the Acorn Group, has opened a huge 3,000 sq ft branch, saying it remains a ‘strong believer’ in the high street model.
The company, which also operates the John Payne and Langford Russell brands in London and the South East of England, says its new branch in the Kent town of Strood has been given the green light after being delayed by Covid.
This gives the Acorn group 37 branches across the UK, although this is one of the largest, and other openings have included eight offices along the North Kent corridor since 2018, until the pandemic put its opening plans on ice.
Despite the lockdown, the company says it continued preparations for Strood with key staff who were able to work from home.
“This is the result of many months of hard work and planning” said Rob Sargent, Acorn Group CEO (left).
“We are strong believers in the high-street model, and our airy, well-spaced office is designed to be Covid-secure for the safety of both our staff and our clients.
“If anything, the events of 2020 have increased this migratory demand as homeowners and tenants, who have witnessed the perceived shortcomings of urban living, look to find a home with more space, inside and out.
Neil Louth, Group MD of the estate agency, adds: “In recent years, we’d seen a growing demand from sellers looking to move further out of London towards Ebbsfleet, Gravesham and Medway”.
The new Strood office is to be run by Senior Manager and local Scott Fletcher.