Empty units in Croydon Town Centre
08/02/2017 10:49:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Question from Councillor Mario Creatura to Councillor Mark Watson
Could the Council please provide detail on plans for currently empty units from the junction of George Street/Church Street/High Street and North End to the junction of High Street and Scarbrook Road in the Town Centre?
In particular the following empty units:
- Tiger Tiger
- Banana Joe's
- Roxbury Nighclub
- 43 High Street (seemingly empty unit in between The Spreadeagle and The Ship)
- 53 High Street (empty unit next to Sainsbury's Local)
What is the Council's policy on encouraging businesses to invest in this area of Croydon? What talks are in place to fill these empty units and when can we expect new business to appear in this section of the Town Centre?
Yates’ 3-11 High Street
Managed by Nash Bond
Contracts have been exchanged with a restaurant who will take occupation shortly. The space is due to be occupied by the popular burger chain, Five Guys who obtained planning approval for the change of use class from a bar/club to a fast food restaurant in spring 2016. Five Guys are currently going through planning for their shop front.
Tiger Tiger 16 High Street
Turtle Bay is a national Caribbean restaurant chain which has taken a lease of the former Tiger Tiger premises. The restaurant is due to open on Sunday 29th January.
Banana Joe’s 15 High Street
Managed by Stuart Edwards Fullermoon
The unit has been let to Stitch and Thimble who are currently letting 37 High Street.
Roxbury Nightclub 19-21 High Street
Managed by Stuart Edwards Fullermoon
This property has been let to a retailer is who is currently fitting out the property. No further information has been disclosed.
43 High Street Managed by Jenkins Law
This property is currently under offer and is designated for D1 (non-residential institutions) use. The intended use is for a dentist who will occupy the ground and basement floors.
49-53 High Street Managed by David Menzies Associates
The property is currently under offer and is designated for A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional services) or A3 (restaurants and cafés) use. No further information has been disclosed.
Croydon’s Inward Investment team provides a dedicated, customer focused service to businesses actively seeking premises across the borough and the town centre.
The team works directly with businesses to understand their requirements as potential occupiers, and specialises in providing an efficient process-driven approach to identifying potential spaces in the borough and assisting businesses throughout the site evaluation and acquisition process.
The Inward Investment team also actively promotes the town centre and the wider borough to new investors and occupiers through direct engage as well as by working closely with external partners such as London & Partners and the Dept. for International Trade to promote Croydon to national and foreign investors and occupiers.
In order to further support new and existing businesses in Croydon, the Council offers a free-to-use job brokerage service, Croydon Works, to employers/businesses recruiting in Croydon which further encourages businesses to invest in the borough. www.croydonworks.co.uk
In addition, the Council has recently introduced a local discretionary business rate relief policy that can potentially offer support to Croydon occupiers achieving the following outcomes:
- Supporting inward investment from large companies bringing significant numbers of new jobs to the borough;
- Supporting smaller businesses to locate in the area and helping them through difficult periods to become sustainable in the longer term;
- Bringing empty space back into use to support the economy.
(Photo by Kake Pugh, used under Creative Commons licence)