Croydon has a proud history of being south London’s shopping capital.
Whitgift Centre was a pioneering shopping centre when it was built in the late 1960s and remained the largest covered shopping development in London until Westfield London opened in 2008.
On the other side of North End is Centrale which opened in 2004 – on the site of the smaller Drummond Centre – and includes a House of Fraser and Debenhams
Those former glories are set to be surpassed with Westfield and Hammerson having pledged a £1.4billion investment to make the town of the UK’s top ten shopping destinations.
Such was the potential both saw in Croydon that the retail giants set aside their rivalries to take over the Whitgift Shopping Centre to join together in an unprecedented partnership which will transform the offer in the town.
Under the banner of the Croydon Partnership are committed to creating an upmarket destination, on a similar scale to the Westfields at Stratford and White City and Hammerson’s Brent Cross shopping centre. Marks and Spencer has confirmed it will be moving into a new anchor store as part of the scheme.