Reeves will not rebuild
Croydon furniture retailer House of Reeves will not rebuild on the derelict site of the store that was burned down in the August riots.
The Reeves family had planned to redevelop the land but Maurice Reeves, House of Reeves chairman says they were 'not able to build anything viable on our portion of the site,' which is jointly owned by the family and the Whitgift Foundation.
'The site that was destroyed in the fire on 8 August 2011 was an amalgamation of two sets of buildings evolved over many years into one. The fire ended that historical association,' he says.
'Following a review of our position we are unable to commit to reoccupy the Whitgift Foundation part of the island site. We are of the opinion that while we will not be building on our land, that land should be available for us to assist in development, with the Whitgift Foundation or any other party, within the Old Town Master Plan to make an iconic gateway into Reeves Corner and Old Town that Croydon and the community can be proud of.'
However Reeves insisted the company had future operating from its smaller store nearby the destroyed branch. 'We are happy to say that the hard work, investment and especially the support from the community for our remaining store at Reeves Corner has meant we now have a viable business and we will continue to serve Croydon for many years as we have done for the last 145 years,' he added.