John Lewis has signed up as the anchor tenant at Westfield and Hammerson’s £1.4bn redevelopment of Croydon town centre.
The 165,000 sq ft, four-level John Lewis unit will incorporate a Waitrose on the ground floor. The 300-store development also includes Marks & Spencer, a cinema, cafes and leisure facilities.
Craig Inglis, customer director at John Lewis, said: “We are delighted to be opening a new full-line department store in the newly developed centre, offering the services and products for which we are well known.
”This exciting new shop will showcase our latest thinking in shop design, creating a modern space for shoppers with customer experience at its heart.”
John Burton, head of development at Westfield Europe, said: “The Croydon Partnership is delighted to deliver two of the UK’s leading brands.
”This is a major milestone and is a demonstration of the strength of Croydon and the project. John Lewis is the most requested addition to the town centre and its arrival will ensure Croydon’s future as the retail and leisure capital for south London.”
Construction is due to start in 2019.