From the Editor
Allders, Croydon’s landmark department store for 150 years, stands on the brink of closure.
The administrators were called in last Friday, the Closing Down signs went up at the weekend, the website’s offline. Things are grim.
In central Croydon the SOS has gone out: Save Our Shops.
Nearly 1,000 full- and part-time Allders staff face losing their jobs, while the many small businesses that ran concessions under the Allders roof face oblivion, as the store could take them down with it, since several have gone months without receiving their takings, which had to be banked with Allders.
Therefore, Inside Croydon is calling on all our readers, and residents from the whole of Croydon and south London, to rally around just a little bit in the coming few days. Whether it is tomorrow, with Thursday’s late-night shopping, or over the weekend, we want you to try to do some shopping at Allders.
It needs to be more than mere window-shopping, mind. Go out and buy that little something that you’ve been putting off spending on for a few months. There’s a bit of a sale on – maybe you could pick up a few bargains to hoard away as Christmas presents for later in the year.
But above all, try to do your spending with one of the many concessions that are still operating in Allders. These small businesses, many of them local, hard-working family-run concerns, are among the biggest victims, and the biggest losers in all of this. A little bit of extra trade in the next few days and weeks could make the difference between their retail business surviving or going under.
Hopefully, the concessions will help you identify them when you are in the store by creating some simple signs along the lines of: “We operate as a concession in Allders. Help your local and independent businesses”.
East moved out on Friday, but those who remain include include Chesca, James Lakeland, CC, Viyella, HATZ, Chilli Chutney, Ghost, Ciro and Basler.
It’ll be some time yet before Mary Portas rolls into town with her TV crew, a £100,000 production budget provided by the government, and her attitude, for what many fear will amount to little more than a makeover of Exchange Square, off Surrey Street.
What the small businesses that operate within Allders need is urgent help now.
And you can do your bit.
- What do you think could be done on a local level to help the borough’s businesses? Post your comments and ideas below.
Inside Croydon was the first local website to report on Allders’ financial problems last week. Catch-up with our coverage here:
- June 16: Labour leader accuses Croydon Council of failing local business
- June 15: Mike Fisher: Our priority is to secure the future for Allders
- June 15: Concessions owed thousands as Allders goes into administration
- June 14: Allders chief blames council for lack of help since riots
- June 12: Deal on rent is crucial for Allders’ future, reports say
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