He opened his first store in 1989 in Plymouth, under the name CDS (Chris Dawson Superstores) and has continued to expand since.

Before the Croydon store opened, the current closes branches are at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Enfield and Tunbridge Wells.

Mr Dawson is pleased to be opening a shop in Croydon.

He said: “This site has been on the radar for some time and we are delighted to replace the former Homebase with a new national retailer in the town.

“We are very lucky with the staff we have, and I look forward to welcoming the new team members to the company.”

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