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Croydon Fiveways (also known as Fiveways Retail Park) is a small out-of-town retail park and road junction in the industrial and large retail area of Purley Waymarker inside the London Borough of Croydonmarker, South Londonmarker. The retail park was opened to accommodate Ladbrokes Texas Homecare store in Purley Waymarker, but following the acquisition of these stores by J Sainsbury plcmarker in 1995, the second Homebase (at the time owned by Sainsbury'smarker) store opened on Purley Waymarker, the first one was on a location which was impossible to expand, but the first one didn't close because of it was the first ever Homebase opened. Other stores have come and gone, due to the location at the southern end of Purley Way has become unattractive due to the main stores such as IKEA in Valley Parkmarker further up the road, although Homebase has survived.

Retail Park

Home stores have clearly dominated the retail park, these include Durham Pine (In 2003 a vigorous rollout plan was planned for the chain of second-hand furniture but this has since been deserted and the chain have closed down all their stores including this one), WHAT!!! Home&Leisure (the new chain has since taken over Durham Pine's former unit. The chain is very similar in style and products and was mainly brought in to take the stores from collapsed furniture chain Courts, which once was Britain's third-biggest furniture retailer, although the former large Courts store next to the other Homebase had just gone deserted until Matalan opened a store inside), Kingdom of Leather (a furniture store that has now closed down all it's stores due to tough competition with stores such as Land of Leather and dfs. Taken over by Italian furniture chain Natuzzi), Natuzzi (designer Italian furniture chain which aqquired Kingdom of Leather, now in their former store. Has operations world-wide) and Furniture Village.

A Halfords store, Texaco petrol station and the site of a new Leisure Centre are all close to Fiveways. This retail park is the second southernmost in the Purley Waymarker area (the most is Croydon Colonadesmarker)

Also Catering for this area, is Ultra Couture Design

Road Junction

The Croydon Fiveways road junction is a major junction in Croydonmarker. The roads involved are Purley Waymarker (A23 roadmarker), Stafford Road (A232 roadmarker and B271) and Denning Avenue (B275). The roads lead to either Central London and Thornton Heathmarker, Central Croydonmarker and Bromleymarker, South Croydonmarker and Selsdonmarker, Brightonmarker and Purleymarker or Wallington and Suttonmarker.

Transport

Waddon station entrance
Waddon railway stationmarker is located opposite the retail park and provides services to Suttonmarker, Croydonmarker, Epsommarker, London Victoriamarker and London Bridgemarker. The station is located in Travelcard Zone 5. These services are mainly Metro Overground Network services. The East London Line was proposed to extend to Waddon and unto Sutton but Transport for London decided that the trains in peak-time would probably be full before getting to West Croydonmarker, so the idea was dropped, but by 2011 East London Line services will stop one station up at West Croydon. Going west (towards Suttonmarker) the next station is Wallingtonmarker. A number of bus services serve the retail area, most that terminate or go past Croydon Airportmarker stop close-by.

References

  1. Pine Stores Are Growing (from Croydon Guardian)
  2. Natuzzi - It's how you live
  3. Natuzzi It's how you live
  4. Ultra Couture Design website



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