New John Lewis for Croydon town centre welcomed by The Whitgift Foundation
The Whitgift Foundation welcomes the announcement today by the Croydon Partnership (Westfield and Hammerson) that John Lewis will be the anchor tenant for the new Whitgift Centre redevelopment.
The new store will occupy 165,000 sq ft across four levels and incorporate a Waitrose on the ground floor creating a contemporary shopping experience for customers.
As freehold owner of the Whitgift Centre and having worked closely with the Croydon Partnership in recent years, the Foundation is delighted that the scheme is progressing with the UK’s leading retail chain store now secured to enable the future success of the regeneration and prosperity for Croydon.
The redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre is also important for the Foundation’s work as the income generated from its investment holdings and wider property portfolio, including the Whitgift Centre, enables the Foundation to carry out its charitable commitment in education, care and carer support services across the borough:
- £5 million is granted each year towards bursaries and financial assistance to almost half of the 3,200 students attending its three schools, Whitgift, Trinity and Old Palace.
- 100 older people are cared for in a Whitgift Care Home offering the highest standards of care and most recently this provision was extended to an additional 100 places for day care for those over 60 through the 1596 Club.
- Carers Support Centre in central Croydon received 25,000 enquiries from the borough’s unpaid carers in 2017.
Martin Corney, Chief Executive, The Whitgift Foundation, said: “We are thrilled that a new John Lewis flagship store is part of the Whitgift Centre redevelopment scheme to transform the town centre into the UK’s top 10 shopping and retail destinations.
“As a Croydon charity and freehold owner of the Whitgift Centre, the success of the redevelopment will help secure our future funding to continue to help people in the local community.
The rental income we receive from the Whitgift Centre supports our work: to grant bursaries for young people to achieve an excellent education and promote social mobility; to create caring communities for older people and to provide free advice, training and health and wellbeing activities to Croydon’s unpaid carers.”