Several major UK employers have begun relocating their headquarters to Croydon town centre, providing further evidence of Croydon’s resurgence and reinforcing the growing view that Croydon is becoming the place in south London in which to invest, work, live and do business. Among the newcomers are:
The Body Shop which has transferred its international headquarters and around 250 employees from London Bridge to Knollys House, on Addiscombe Road adjacent to East Croydon station. Commenting on the move, Body Shop chief executive Jeremy Schwartz said “Croydon is an exciting area, on the brink of huge change as it goes through a major regeneration programme. It will soon have even more to offer.”
EDF has relocated its global corporate HQ from London’s Victoria to occupy two floors within the recently refurbished Interchange building on Wellesley Road.
HM Revenue & Customs is establishing a major new regional centre in Croydon and is scheduled to relocate around 2,500 employees into the newly constructed, nine-storey state-of-the-art building at Ruskin Square, next to East Croydon station.
Superdrug Stores plc is moving its headquarters to recently refurbished offices at 8 Bedford Park to support the future growth of the business and create a ‘collaborative’ environment for the 500 employees working there.
Boxpark Croydon has opened the doors to its pop-up food and drink mall adjacent to East Croydon station, providing a home for 35 independent food and drink retailers and jobs for over 40 local people.
Turtle Bay Croydon, the latest in a chain of 15 Caribbean restaurants across the south, opened its doors on January 29th, on the site of the former Tiger Tiger nightclub on Croydon’s High Street, employing around 50 people.