After years in the doldrums, is Croydon finally back on the retail map?

Whitgift Centre

After nearly a decade of big talk and little action, the collapse of the £1.4bn redevelopment of Croydon town centre left many wondering whether the site was dead and buried. Until last week, when URW announced 12 new retail signings.

Stuck as it was between landlord giants Westfield and Hammerson, in 2013 the Croydon Partnership joint venture promised to put the area on the outskirts of southeast London “at the heart of London’s future prosperity”, according to then mayor Boris Johnson. Years of inaction followed.


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