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Crawley Carpetright NOT one of the 92 sites to close

Crawley site to stay open as East Grinstead and Redhill are set to close.

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More bad news from the High Street retailers as another large chain announces ‘tough’ action with intent to close 92 stores axing around 300 jobs.

But the news does not stop there as the chain say that another 113 have been identified as having serious concerns whether that is through performance or through current lease terms with some even being questioned as to their sustainability.

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With three in direct proximity to Crawley residents including one near the town centre, it is only Crawley’s site that has escaped this cull.

Redhill and East Grinstead are both to close as part of these cuts.

Carpetright has said that some staff will be relocated but there will be job losses.

The news comes as the latest figures for the High Street show another surge towards online purchasing with only coffee shops and bookstores among the few current showing growth not decline.

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County Mall Manager receives ‘Centre Manager of the Year’ at national awards

The Centre Manager at County Mall in Crawley received an award for ‘Centre Manager of the Year’ at the 2018 SCEPTRE Awards.

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'Centre Manager of the Year (large centre)' presented to County Mall's Mark Haynes by Koralie Gardener from Retail Report. (Image: JLD Media)

With County Mall’s 25th Anniversary and the opening of new stores including Hotel Chocolat, Paperchase and DFS, 2017 was an exciting year for Mark Haynes and the centre’s management team.

The team’s hard work culminated in a SCEPTRE Award for Mark as Centre Manager of the Year (Large Centre) at a recent industry event.

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The SCEPTRE Awards recognise the Best Practice and the Best People in the Shopping Centre industry, putting the spotlight on Management Teams, Retailers and Suppliers that demonstrate real excellence.

In his seven years as Centre Manager Mark has focussed on enhancing the customer experience and customer service at the Crawley shopping centre, which attracts 8 million visitors a year.

Working closely with the marketing team (who also won an industry award this year in recognition of their Strategic Marketing campaign for County Mall Shrunk the Shoppers last summer), Mark has worked to reposition the centre’s perception in key targeted locations and is an integral member of the town and community.

Centre Manager at County Mall, Mark Haynes.

Chairing the Town Centre Partnership and initiating the feasibility of a BID, Mark has an influential stance in Crawley and uses his position to raise the perception of the town in the surrounding areas.

Mark has also dedicated time to fundraising and community efforts including the opening of Crawley’s very first “Changing Places” facility, running 2 marathons in 2 weeks on behalf of St Catherine’s Hospice and facilitating multiple charity events in the centre, resulting in charity donations worth over £46k in the year.

Centre Manager Mark Haynes stated:

“I’m immensely proud to have won this award for County Mall, and am lucky to have a great team, without whom it wouldn’t have been possible.”

 

For updates on news, events and promotions from County Mall; visit countymall.co.uk or keep updated on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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