Category Archives: Centrale

Centrale offers £5 to first shoppers who ‘declutter to refresh’

Croydon shoppers are being encouraged to recycle before they refresh their wardrobes, as the Centrale shopping mall in the town centre announces it will host an autumn fashion and beauty event with a difference. “Declutter to Refresh” on October 4-5 … Continue reading

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Claim a free book ahead of Whitgift Centre’s storytime

Get your bookmarks at the ready, as the Centrale and Whitgift shopping centres invite you and the little ones to storytime corner this Friday, September 6, on National Read a Book Day. Popular children’s author Helen Peters will be reading … Continue reading

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A month after seizing Allders, council moves just six traders

The council’s propaganda department has finally, a month after Town Hall heavies staged a dawn raid on the former Allders building, broken its silence over the forced closure of the Croydon Outlet Village. On July 16, around two dozen small … Continue reading

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Westfield is ‘too little, too late’ to save Croydon town centre

With more than 1,200 empty units in the borough already, traders say that the development blight caused by lengthy delays by supermall operators has turned Croydon into ‘a retail graveyard’. MT WALLETTE reports A shiny new Westfield shopping centre, promised … Continue reading

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Centrale transformed into a Wonderland for little superheroes

Centrale shopping centre is treating families to a range of children-friendly activities this summer, starting this week in the central atrium for exclusive workshops and games in Alice’s Wonderland. Families are invited to experience this “Through the Keyhole” fantasy experience … 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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Volunteers Week – The Big Recruit, Centrale, Jun 3-7

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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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Newman: New Westfield should have a much smaller car park

Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon’s Labour-controlled council, wants the new Westfield supermall in the town centre – if it is ever built – to have “considerably less” than the 3,000 car parking spaces for which his own council has … 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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Mothercare quits Whitgift Centre as traders face CPO limbo

Mothercare is the latest large store to quit the Whitgift Centre, as the continuing uncertainty over the shopping mall’s future is making business increasingly tough for the few traders forced to remain. The large mother and baby store closed its … Continue reading

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Newman sends out distress signals over Westfield scheme

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest non-statement on lack of progress from the council leader Is Tony Newman, the leader of Croydon Council, panicked by the lack of progress over Westfield’s long-promised £1.4billion redevelopment of the town centre? … Continue reading

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Ruskin Square and Westfield in battle to secure Home Office

Multi-billion-pound developments in central Croydon could be forced to go head-to-head in a battle to secure the Home Office as tenants for their office buildings. According to a report published this morning by Property Week magazine, the Home Office is … Continue reading

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Hammerson raise more fears for £1.4bn Croydon scheme

Hammerson, the owners of Centrale, and one corporate half of the “Croydon Partnership” which was supposed to be starting work on the £1.4billion redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre in central Croydon this autumn, has this morning announced that it has … Continue reading

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Barwell, Brexit and Croydon’s troubled Westfield dream

STEVEN DOWNES on how the meddling of Tory politicians and the Croydon Establishment managed to ensure that the redevelopment of Croydon town centre was never going to run smoothly Questions were asked in the House of Commons last night which … Continue reading

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Crisis for Croydon as Westfield ‘reviews’ its £1.4bn scheme

KEN LEE reports on the seismic shock that has rocked the council Westfield today announced a decision to “review” the £1.4billion project to redevelop Croydon Town Centre, blaming Brexit and uncertainties over the retail sector. In so doing, they  immediately … 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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Further Westfield delays put more pressure on CEO Negrini

It is six years to the day since Westfield and Hammerson said that, jointly, they would redevelop central Croydon. KEN LEE, our Town Hall reporter, on the increasingly beleaguered mood among senior council figures Croydon Council’s chief executive, Jo Negrini, … Continue reading

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TfL has agreed tenders to shorten 11 town centre bus routes

Croydon and Sutton’s largest public transport passenger group has issued a withering demolition of TfL’s proposals to shorten bus routes through Croydon town centre, as JEREMY CLACKSON reports Transport for London’s plan to shorten 11 bus routes through Croydon town … Continue reading

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The last 12 months told through Inside Croydon reports

So how was it for you dear? As 2018 draws to an end, we rifle through the past year’s archive to highlight what Inside Croydon’s loyal reader was reading about most JANUARY: Council ‘Godfather’ is made an offer he can’t … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Christmas past come to haunt the Whitgift Centre

Were we just imagining it, or was the crackling muzak in the Whitgift Centre really playing a version of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’? Perhaps it was someone’s idea of a joke. Meanwhile, KEN TOWL has gone all Bob Cratchit on us … Continue reading

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