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London set for new shopping complex

London set for new shopping complex

London is preparing itself for the opening of another Westfield shopping complex, this time in the south of the city.

The capital is, of course, already home to two such malls, in Sheppard's Bush in the west and Stratford in the east.

Soon, though, this will be complemented by another Westfield complex in Croydon, with the project set to create thousands of new jobs and do wonders for the local economy.

What's more, it should also go a long way towards improving the reputation of the area, which suffered in the aftermath of the riots in 2011.

And it has been revealed that the shopping centre will see the construction of 600 homes, while it has been suggested that it will welcome more than 40,000 visitors per year.

John Burton, Westfield's director of development, told the Evening Standard: "In terms of scale, what we’re delivering here is in total larger than what we currently have at either Stratford or west London. The intention is to be a pace-setter, here and more widely in Europe. This will be the absolute top of the tree.

"The Mayor, following the riots, has made no secret of the fact that this is one of his priorities in terms of seeing it return to its place in the overall hierarchy of London. Croydon will rise to a place in London that it has previously held, at the very top."

Officials have confirmed that the project should be completed in 2018, at which point it should help to ease pressure on some of London's other top shopping destinations.

The Westfield in Stratford opened shortly before the Olympics and has proven to be a major success. As well as being home to loads of great high street brands, there is a multi-screen cinema, a casino and lots of nice restaurants.

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