This post was first published by My London on 10/10/2019.
It’s official – Boxpark will stay in Croydon for at least another five years
In case you don’t know, it’s a food and drink venue made from shipping containers
It’s official, Boxpark is here to stay in Croydon, for another five years at least.
The food and drink – and sometimes music – venue made from shipping containers opened next to East Croydon Station in October 2016.
And today (October 10) at an event run by Corydon Business Improvement District (BID), Boxpark founder Roger Wade announced that the company has renewed its lease for another five years.
Croydon was the second Boxpark to open, after the one in Shoreditch.
As well as food and drink stalls it also hosts events, including a performance by Stormzy back in 2017.
Croydon Council leader Councillor Tony Newman has welcomed the news that Boxpark will be in the town for another five years.
He said: “At this time when the Brexit debate is causing so much uncertainty I think this is a very strong vote of confidence in Croydon’s local economy.”
And deputy cabinet member for economy and jobs, councillor Jamie Audsley said that the venue has been a good way to get people into Croydon.
“Boxpark has created an exciting place to go to in Croydon,” he said.
“The challenge now is how does it flow through to the broader town centre.
“It is about getting Croydon going and I think Boxpark is part of that and has achieved that.
“I think we need to bring development of the town centre like with Fairfield Halls and in time Westfield.”
Cllr Audsley added that as part of the Good Employer Croydon initiative he was keen to see all businesses in the borough paying the London Living Wage or £10.55 an hour.
He said that this is something he would be following up with Boxpark and other businesses in the town centre.
In the end though Boxpark is a temporary attraction as the site is eventually earmarked for new flats and offices as part of the Ruskin Square development.