Westwood Cross

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Westwood Cross
Westwood Cross Centre Logo.png
Location Westwood, Kent
Opening date June 2005
Developer Carillion
Owner Land Securities
No. of stores and services 46
Total retail floor area 475,000 sq ft (44,100 m2)
No. of floors 2
Parking 1,500 spaces
Website www.westwoodx.co.uk

Westwood Cross is a shopping centre at Westwood in Thanet, Kent. It is circled by Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate.[citation needed] It was built by Carillion and opened in June 2005.

Main shopping centre[edit]

Westwood Cross main shopping centre consists of an open pedestrianised arcade occupied mostly by High Street shops. The shopping centre consists of 46 store spaces occupying an area of 475,000 sq ft (44,100 m2), and there are 1,500 parking spaces.[1] There are two anchor stores, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer.[2]

In October 2007 an entertainment development opened on a site to the southwest of Westwood Cross. This development comprises four restaurants, a Vue multiplex cinema (opened in November 2007), a casino (opened March 2008), and Mecca bingo hall (opened February 2008).

Phase Two of Westwood Cross was completed in April 2010, following the relocation of the Wickes store, which formerly stood beside the bus station. This addition to the centre includes several new retail units and space for up to three restaurants along with extra parking. As of April 2010 only two of the new units have been leased and the others stand empty.

Neighbouring developments include East Kent Retail Park (Matalan, Staples, Harveys Furniture, and Pets at Home) and Westwood Gateway Retail Park (Argos, Paul Simon, Homebase, Maplin Electronics and Sports World). Both sites are owned by Hammerson.[3]

As of 2005 the centre created 1,500 jobs in the Broadstairs area.[4]

Westwood Cross is situated on the former Haine Hospital site, which closed in June 1997 and was demolished in 2003.[5]

Stores[edit]

Below are just a few of the many stores, For a full updated list visit the Store Finder
As of January 2014 ;
Boots, Debenhams, GAME, HMV, JD Sports, JJB Sports, Marks and Spencer, Mothercare, Primark, WHSmith

Transport connections[edit]

On one side[vague] of the centre is a bus station, served by Stagecoach in East Kent. In particular Stagecoach in East Kent's Thanet Loop passes through the centre.[6] The nearest train station is located 1.7 miles away at Ramsgate. The next nearest town centre is Broadstairs (whose boundaries include Westwood Cross), although this is a small town centre with few major shops.

New developments[edit]

In 2007, J Sainsbury PLC announced a partnership with Land Securities which included their site next to Westwood Cross which is also owned by Land Securities.[7][8]

Nearby towns[edit]

Immediate locality[edit]

Nearby notable towns[edit]

Criticism and controversy[edit]

The Kent county authority's decision to allow the development of a leisure complex including multiplex cinema, restaurant, bingo hall and casino was controversial. It was eventually approved by the House of Lords.[9]

In 2008, there was criticism from church leaders over the opening of a casino at the centre.[10]

The established High Streets in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate were badly affected, with Margate by 2009 reporting the UK's highest shop vacancy rate, running at 25 per cent.[11] By 2011 this had increased to 36.1 per cent.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Westwood Cross Retail Park, Thanet | Land Securities Retail Portfolio". Land Securities Retail. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20110713183612/http://www.landsecuritiesretail.com/propertyportfolio/retailparks/south/westwoodcross/12420.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ [1] Archived 7 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "UK | England | Kent | New shopping developments opening". BBC News. 9 June 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "RootsWeb: Isle-of-Thanet-L [ISLE-OF-THANET] Haine Hospital". Archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads_and_transport/getting_around/public_transport_initiatives/thanet_qbp.aspx. Retrieved 23 April 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  7. ^ "Press releases". Land Securities. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  8. ^ [2] Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "UK | England | Kent | Leisure park backed by law lords". BBC News. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "UK | England | Kent | Casino opens amongst controversy". BBC News. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Business | 19,000 shops 'closed this year'". BBC News. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Datoo, Siraj (8 September 2011). "High street vacancy rates: which towns have the most closed shops? | News". theguardian.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°21′36″N 1°23′35″E / 51.360°N 1.393°E / 51.360; 1.393