Category Archives: Valley Park

Ikea ready to say a socially-distanced ‘Hej’ to its customers

Croydon’s Ikea is one of 19 of the Swedish chain’s stores around the country which will be partially reopening after lockdown on June 1. Ikea is only reopening in England. Its stores in Scotland and Wales will remain closed, as … Continue reading

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3,000 free ice creams this weekend at grand opening of Creams

The newest branch of Creams, the dessert restaurant, will be giving away 3,000 scoops of free gelato this weekend to celebrate opening its café in Croydon. Creams Croydon opens its doors for the first time today in Valley Leisure Park … Continue reading

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Let’s revive town centre with more trees and youthful vitality

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Retired landscape architect and local resident LEWIS WHITE offers his suggestions for reviving the town centre after nearly a decade of development blight thanks to Westfield, who yesterday announced that they are ‘reviewing’ their £1.4bn flats and shops … Continue reading

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Self-storage warehouse was Croydon’s worst fire since riots

Based on eyewitness accounts and internal fire brigade briefing documents, here’s the full account of how the Shurgard self-storage warehouse burned through from New Year’s Eve and into 2019 Photostory by DESMOND FITZGERALD The fire was called in to the … Continue reading

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World Cup offer makes IKEA fish and chips the catch of the day

It could get a little awkward at Swedish retailer IKEA at around 3pm tomorrow afternoon, so ahead of England’s World Cup big match with Sweden, the store in Valley Park, off the Purley Way, is running a two-for-one offer where, … Continue reading

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Valley Park shoppers ‘trapped’ without help on Bank Holiday

A two-car collision on the Purley Way left hundreds of Bank Holiday shoppers at Valley Park frustrated and angry, as they were stuck in the shopping and leisure centre’s car park for hours. It is the second time this year … Continue reading

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Shoppers angry as Valley Park car park is gridlocked for hours

Residents and shoppers are angry, and some are considerably out-of-pocket, after some endured a wait of three hours just to get out of the car park at Valley Park’s shopping and leisure centre yesterday. It was the first post-Christmas holiday … Continue reading

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£1.5bn Hammersfield scheme hits a planning road block

CROYDON COMMENTARY: So, the centre of town has a traffic congestion problem. Who knew? Could last week’s announcement of the delay in Hammersfield delivering the  planning application for its proposed £1.5 billion shopping mall be the start of more planning … Continue reading

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In to the Valley: Croydon’s wrong turn on road to future

CROYDON COMMENTARY: So a massive retail-based regeneration scheme in the centre of town will go ahead. DAVID CALLAM says it may yet prove to be yesterday’s solution for tomorrow’s problems Behold Boris Johnson, Croydon’s saviour, appearing in person at the … Continue reading

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Ikea chucks out the chintz and now they chuck out Gypsies

Ikea in Valley Park has been using security guards to vet the ethnicity of people arriving at the store’s car park and trying to ban anyone who appears to be a “Gypsy” from entering. The store’s management claims it is … Continue reading

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