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Shopping centres will put limit on visitors when they reopen

Croydon town centre’s two major shopping malls will reopen for business after the coronavirus lockdown in two weeks’ time, it was confirmed today. But it will not be “business as usual” for a while, as pandemic measures will include controlling … 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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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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£2.5bn fund closure is bad news for Croydon’s Westfield hopes

The doubts about whether the Westfield redevelopment of Croydon’s Whitgift Centre will ever begin grew even greater this week, as one of the country’s biggest property funds began blocking investors from making withdrawals, blaming both Brexit and the retail downturn … Continue reading

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Centrale puts rhymes and reason into Mental Health Day

The Poetry Project is coming to Centrale and the Whitgift shopping centres this week, to help raise awareness of tomorrow’s World Mental Health Day. The two shopping centres will be displaying specially commissioned poems created by poet James McInerney to … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Grand giveaway as three schools could win Centrale’s piano

A Croydon school is about to get an early Christmas present in the form of a Yamaha baby grand piano, worth nearly 10 grand, in a special giveaway being staged at the Centrale shopping centre. And it is the Croydon … Continue reading

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BRIT School is going live with town centre dance and drama

The BRIT School will be providing the entertainment for town centre shoppers with a series of pop performances this month. BRIT Presents begins later this month, a programme of outdoor showcases in public spaces, which will run through to Christmas … Continue reading

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Centrale is getting itself all lit-up for Christmas, Nov 15

Croydon shopping malls Centrale and Whitgift are gearing themselves for the annual Christmas business surge, with a big lights switch-on planned for 6pm at Centrale’s Christmas Tree next Thursday, November 15. This might, just, be the last Christmas when the … 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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Up to 30% off at student night at Centrale and Whitgift

Students are invited to visit Croydon town centre’s Centrale and Whitgift shopping malls tomorrow evening to take advantage of a range of special offers and up to 30 per cent off in-store at a host of participating shops and restaurants, … 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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More trouble in store as House of Fraser is sold to Ashley

MT WALLETTE, our retailing correspondent, on the latest set-back for Croydon’s plans for a £1.4bn temple to shopping House of Fraser, the troubled department store, has this morning been snatched out of administration by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley for … Continue reading

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Centrale’s House of Fraser saved – for now – from closure

M.T. WALLETTE, our retailing correspondent, on the latest piece of almost good news for Croydon town centre, as the chairman of one department store talks of the ‘existential threat’ to business on the High Street Croydon’s House of Fraser, the … Continue reading

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Boots give their Whitgift and Centrale stores a makeover

The Boots stores in Centrale and the Whitgift Centre have undergone a bit of a makeover, and shoppers are invited along this Saturday, May 12, to see for themselves the new self-selection beauty experience, offering all of the latest beauty … Continue reading

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Business, police and council unite for knife crime events

The schools’ half-term break will see the start of a three-week programme to raise awareness of knife crime and the impact it has on the community. The council’s youth engagement team joins forces with Croydon Business Improvement District (BID), Croydon … Continue reading

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Free Halloween family craft event, Centrale, Oct 29

Croydon’s branch of Metro Bank will be staging a “fang-tastic” family-fun event on Sunday October 29, offering free treats, crafts and entertainment. Residents are invited to take part in the Halloween event, being held at Metro Bank in Centrale, at … Continue reading

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