Centrale (Croydon)

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Centrale
Centrale logo.png
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Entrance to Centrale
Location Croydon, London
Opening date 2004
Developer Drummond Centre Group
Owner Hammerson
No. of stores and services 61
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 76,180 sq m (820,000 sq ft)
No. of floors 4
Website http://www.centrale.co.uk/

Centrale is a shopping centre in Croydon, South London, one of the largest covered retail developments in London. It is owned and managed by Hammerson and was opened in 2004. Plans were announced in January 2013 to redevelop Centrale and combine it with the Whitgift Centre.[1]

Centrale is located on North End, Croydon, facing the Whitgift Centre. It was developed from the existing but much smaller Drummond Centre. It now contains two large stores - House of Fraser and Debenhams - and around 50 smaller stores including Next, H&M, Zara, Budwals and Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Retail area[edit]

The 820,000 sq ft (76,200 m2)[2] development also housed Croydon's first and only dedicated indoor food court on the upper level. The Food Gallery was given planning permission after the main centre was built and opened in November 2005 with seating for 200 diners. As of 2013, the Food Court has no tenants, the units being boarded up, however there is still pedestrian access to the first floor of Debenhams. Other food outlets in the centre include McDonald's (one of eleven in the London Borough of Croydon), Auntie Anne's and House of Fraser's World of Food which has international cuisine available from a number of concessions including Yo! Sushi. Recent reports suggest that the remaining un-let units in the centre will be opened to exclusive outlets opening their first London stores outside the West End. The centre also houses a Mecca Bingo establishment.

It also boasts a 168,000 sq ft (15,600 m2) House of Fraser, 21,000 sq ft (2,000 m2) Zara and 51,000 sq ft (4,700 m2) Next all of which was opened in 2004, along with a larger H&M, Mango, Uniqlo, and Timberland.

Design and Layout[edit]

The building has been designed to maximise the view of west Croydon from the eastern windows including the IKEA Towers landmarks on Purley Way. The building also has solar panels on the roof according to a report which was highlighting Croydon's Ashburton Learning Village on 24dash.com. Centrale does not have numbered levels (as do many UK shopping centres), but instead names them as Keeley Road & Tamworth Road (lower basement), Lower Mall (basement), Ground Floor Mall and Upper Mall (first floor).

Transport[edit]

As part of the development, Centrale committed to and paid for improvements to North End and the provision of a new Tramlink stop, Centrale, located adjacent to the centre on Tamworth Road. The stop operates as a fully functioning transport interchange with trams stopping on one side of the platform and local buses on the other. It operates, along with West Croydon and East Croydon, as a Tramlink interchange on the 'Croydon Loop'. Along with this Centrale is very close to mainline railway station, West Croydon, which provides frequent services to Sutton and the surrounding areas in the London Borough of Croydon as well as services to Central London. East Croydon station is around a 10 minute walk from the centre.

Drummond Centre[edit]

The Drummond Centre was a shopping centre located on North End in Croydon.

The centre was never very popular due to its small size: four of the seventeen units were still vacant when the mall closed. Revenue was also low at the centre, and it could never compete with the larger Whitgift Centre across the road. The only reason why large stores such as TK Maxx and Debenhams opened in the centre was because of it housed the only large suitable units in Croydon.

In addition to the main shopping centre, there is a small row of shops, on Keeley Road at the back of the centre, which are only accessible at street level rather than from the centre itself. The shops are mainly specialist retailers.

Neighbouring the centre was a large C&A store, which closed in 2004, this was combined with the Drummond Centre, rebuilt to become St. Martins Property Group's new shopping centre Centrale. The current North End entrance between Aldo and Zara is the former location of the Croydon C&A Store. The new shopping centre is more than triple the size of the Drummond, however the original part of the Drummond Centre was not refurbished as part of the development, which is noticeable when walking through the centre.

The centre was open seven days a week, Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. - 6.p.m., Sunday 11.a.m. - 5 p.m. and late night shopping until 9 p.m. on Thursday.

Store Directory[edit]

P3 CAR PARK LEVELS 3-3A
P2 CAR PARK LEVELS 2-2A
UM UPPER MALL & CAR PARK LEVELS 1-1A
NE NORTH END MALL & DEPARTMENT STORE
LM LOWER MALL & DEPARTMENT STORE
0 TAMWORTH ROAD ENTRANCE LEVEL
-1 MECCA & DEPARTMENT STORE

Stores[edit]

Centrale shopping centre houses many of the main high street stores, including ALDO, Boots, Carphone Warehouse, Debenhams, Ernest Jones, French Connection, House of Fraser, Jane Norman, La Senza, Miss Selfridge, NEXT, EE, Sports Direct, T.M Lewin, The Body Shop, Zara amongst others.

Westfield Plans[edit]

In 2013 it was announced that the owners of Centrale had agreed to a joint venture with the owners of the neighbouring Whitgift Centre to redevelop both sites into the new Westfield Croydon shopping Centre. [3]

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Coordinates: 51°22′34″N 0°06′11″W / 51.376°N 0.103°W / 51.376; -0.103