Centrale shopping centre in Croydon to get cinema and new restaurants
CENTRALE shopping centre in Croydon is getting a £50million development, with a cinema and new restaurants.
Last night (Thursday) Croydon Council's planning committee granted permission to Hammerson's plans for the North End site.
The company said the scheme will reconfigure 13,175 sq m of the internal retail space, creating a 'family-friendly leisure quarter'.
It has already secured American firm National Amusements as a pre-let for the exntension, with the 11-screen cinema being the company's first venture in London.
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The investment will also provide two 'flagship' retail units and eight new restaurants.
The company bought the centre in March last year, and said the redevelopment of Centrale formed part of its long-term vision for retail in Croydon.
"I am delighted with the positive decision from the council," said Lawrence Hutchings, Hammerson Managing Director UK Retail.
"Hammerson has worked hard over the past year to develop a scheme which will significantly enhance Croydon's evening economy and create a new leisure destination for the town."
Centrale is currently home to 80 shops, including Debenhams and House of Fraser, attracting 12 million customers a year.
Work is expected to start early next year, with the new leisure and restaurant quarter opening in autumn 2014.