When you think of London shopping what springs to mind? The luxurious glamour of Old Bond Street? Or perhaps the traditional department stores of Knightsbridge? Well, all that is set to change with the proposal to build a third Westfield site in Croydon.
The South London borough was devastated by the riots in 2011, and Mayor Boris Johnson is behind the scheme to bring Croydon bang up to date with the installation of the super mall, which has already helped to turn Stratford into the shopping destination it is now.
John Burton, Westfield’s director of developments said: “The Mayor, following the riots, has made no secret of the fact that Croydon is one of his priorities in terms of seeing it return to its place in the overall hierarchy of London. Croydon will rise to a place in London that it has previously held, at the very top.”
The Croydon Westfield will require £1billion of investment, and encompassing 1.4million sq. feet, will be larger than both the White City and the Stratford sites. It is also expected to generate around 5,000 jobs.
The developers hope that the mall will turn Croydon into the best destination in London for shoppers – maybe it will even draw native Croydon-er Kate Moss back to the borough?