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Closure day for Allders revealed

alldersAfter 150 years of trading, the department store will close before the end of the month.

The Croydon store will close on 22 September and has begun its closing down sale. The last remaining potential buyer pulled out last week, according to administrator Duff & Phelps.

'It is with sadness that we are making this announcement as we recognise that the store is an historic and iconic landmark in the local community', said a statement. About 850 staff will be affected.

'We're tremendously sad that it is likely that the store will be closing its doors. It has been part of the town for a very long time. Unfortunately, Allders has been unable to keep up with the competition in the modern retail market. What I am confident about is that the current plans for the redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre will see this site given a new lease of life. We will be working closely with the landlords to bring the space back into use as quickly as possible.'