Category Archives: Debenhams

Desperate Newman needs Westfield Mk IV to save his skin

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, the France-based international shopping mall owners, have given council leader Tony Newman “a very positive letter” about the company’s commitment to Croydon – despite having left the town centre in a state of development blight for almost a decade. … Continue reading

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Next takes up vacant Debenhams space to enter beauty contest

When we reported the demise of Croydon’s Debenhams store yesterday, the question posed was “who might move into the large store space next?” And the answer soon offered up was: Next. Hammerson was able to play hardball over the second … Continue reading

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Centrale’s Debenhams to remain closed after lockdown ends

Our demise-of-high-street-retailing correspondent, MT WALLETTE, says that there’s no coming back from the latest hammer blow to the £1.4bn town centre regeneration scheme Coronavirus claimed another victim last night: Debenhams in Croydon. In truth, the department store, which has been … Continue reading

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Debenhams administration is another blow to Hammerson

The coronavirus lockdown looks about to claim another casualty, as department store Debenhams announced this morning that it is to call in the financial administrators. It will the second time in a year that Debenhams has gone into administration. The … Continue reading

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Westfield ‘review’ drags on as retail has worst year since 1995

Our retailing correspondent MT WALETTE can find no good news for the nation’s high streets – which is very bad news for Croydon’s retail-led town centre ‘regeneration’ Last year was the worst on record for retailing in this country, with … Continue reading

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Westfield woe as high street sales fall ‘worst since the crash’

The prospects of Westfield ever making good on their promise to redevelop the town centre appear to be receding by the week, while Croydon’s Labour-run council cravenly gives in to the developers by withholding vital information about the long-delayed project. … Continue reading

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Workers fear House of Fraser store’s lease won’t be renewed

Our retailing correspondent MT WALLETTE reports on suggestions that House of Fraser is considering the status of its Centrale lease There’s growing concern among staff and workers at one of Croydon’s last remaining department stores about the future for their … Continue reading

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Council breaks the law to keep Newman’s Westfield letter secret

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on how the increasingly secretive Labour council appears to have something to hide over the future of the town centre’s long-delayed redevelopment Croydon Council is trying to keep secret the contents of a letter sent … Continue reading

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Internet can’t replace real life shopping in Surrey Street

CROYDON COMMENTARY: With Debenhams the latest Centrale department store battling for survival, reader LEWIS WHITE offers his views on the blight that is the modern, online retail experience Hindsight says that it’s a pity that Centrale was ever built. Whitgift … Continue reading

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Centrale’s Debenhams is given a reprieve – but for how long?

Our retailing crisis correspondent, MT WALLETTE, on worrying times for employees in one of the town centre’s last remaining department stores Staff working in Debenhams in Croydon’s Centrale shopping centre were given a reprieve this morning when their store was … Continue reading

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MP holds urgent Westfield meetings with Chancellor and Mayor

Our retailing correspondent, MT WALLETTE, hears Sarah Jones spouting the developers’ platitudes, while the council leader has so far failed to publish the full contents of a letter of assurance from the Croydon Partners Sarah Jones, the MP for Croydon … Continue reading

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Debenhams administration puts Centrale store under threat

Another day, another body blow to the prospects of Croydon’s town centre getting the retail regeneration that has been promised for the past seven years or more. Today’s latest nail in the coffin for high street retailing is the news … Continue reading

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Fears for mall increase as Hammerson takes a hammering

Our retailing correspondent, MT WALLETTE, on how the plunging share price for half of the so-called ‘Croydon Partnership’ could see the redevelopment of the town centre postponed … permanently The stock market is becoming increasingly nervous about the valuation of … Continue reading

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More retailers in peril as Green scandal hits the High Street

It may yet become known among retailers as “Black Thursday”, the day when the doomed fate of Britain’s High Street was sealed. It was certainly a day when the business case for the long-delayed £1.4billion redevelopment of the Whitgift and … Continue reading

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Now Debenhams could be seeking rent break from Centrale

Our retailing correspondent, MT WALLETTE, on the latest set-back to a £1.4billion redevelopment of the town centre based on retailing Hammerson, one half of The Croydon Partnership which wants to rebuild a vast town centre shopping mall, could face the … Continue reading

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