This news was confirmed in August, as the retailer revealed the identities of 42 DIY outlets that are closing, putting around 1,500 jobs at risk.
The retailer is closing the stores via a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), a controversial insolvency procedure used by struggling firms to shut under-performing shops.
The large site won’t remain empty for long though as retailer The Range, a value home, leisure and garden chain, confirmed it will be moving in before the end of this year, offering dozens of new job opportunities for people in Croydon.
What is The Range?
The Range has 16 different departments across its stores and sells more than 65,000 products at “good value prices”, including homeware, furniture, garden, textiles, arts and crafts and DIY.
The store was founded by ex-market stall trader Chris Dawson. The Plymouth-based owner opened his first store in 1989 and has grown the company despite economic challenges faced by the retail sector.
The current nearest branches to Croydon are at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Enfield and Tunbridge Wells.
When exactly will The Range store open?
The new Range store will open on Friday, November 23, at 9am.
On the same day, a new shop is also expected to open in Chester. These two branches will take the total number of stores to over 160 across the UK and Ireland.
What else can Croydon shoppers expect at The Range?
Visitors at the new Croydon store will enjoy a mezzanine that includes a family friendly café along with a big outdoor centre.
The store will arrive just in time for Christmas and will sell a good selection of real Christmas trees. Also for the festive season, there will a dedicated Christmas shop offering a broad range of decorations, lights, toys and more.
How many new job opportunities are available?
As a brand-new store, The Range is set to offer 80 new full and part-time jobs to the Croydon community.
Opportunities will be available at all levels and include roles such retail administrators, warehouse assistants and retail managers.
For more information on job vacancies at The Range and for full information on the shop visit the website here.