This post was first published by My London on 13/04/2019.
Nando’s is opening a new restaurant next to East Croydon station
Nando’s said the restaurant will open ‘soon’.
Peri Peri fanatics get ready. A new Nando’s is opening in Croydon town centre.
The popular chicken restaurant is opening a branch in the vacant unit in Amp House, on the corner of George Street and Dingwall Road, near East Croydon station.
The site was previously home to Lloyds Bank but has been empty since October 2018.
Signs have been put up around where the restaurant will be, and Nando’s said it will be “opening soon”, although no official date has been announced.
There are already two Nando’s restaurants in Croydon – one on the High Street near Grant’s and another at Valley Retail and Leisure Park off Purley Way. The Peri Peri chicken giant is also thought to be opening in one of the three new units being built at The Colonnades Leisure Park , off Purley Way.
There are also Nando’s restaurants in Beckenham, Sydenham and Streatham.
The opening of another branch in the town centre is sure to excite fans of the chicken giant, especially being so close to East Croydon station.
Nando’s submitted a number of planning application earlier this year in regards to the site, all of which have been approved by Croydon Council.
It is understood the restaurant will open between 6am and midnight seven days a week. MyLondon also understands the opening will create around 20 jobs.
Although it’s unclear how many people can eat in the restaurant at any one time, there will be seating for around 20 people outside, with seating located immediately outside of the shopfront window.
Nando’s say the outdoor seating area has been “carefully considered to ensure that there will be no impact on the existing pedestrian movements”.
It also sounds as if the drab area outside the premises might be smartened up with planters and new furniture.
A statement on the planning application says: “The external seating area will provide an enhanced appearance through its contemporary but modest design, introducing ordered furniture and planting. The introduction of various planters will improve the overall dining experience of the restaurant by creating a colourful and inviting outdoor seating area.
“The new external planters will have wheels fixed to their underneath and none of the furniture will fixed to the existing walkway. This will allow for the furniture to be safely moved and stored within the restaurant outside of the permitted hours.
“With regard to amenity, the site is located adjacent to the East Croydon station, a tram line and many bus stops; it is clear that this is a busy location. In addition, there are numerous restaurant uses and other town centre uses nearby which contribute to the town centre location and existing background noise.
“This site context, in association with the nearby other externals eating areas, confirm that the alfresco seating area will not have any detriment to amenities in the area.”
MyLondon has approached Nando’s for comment.