Mall to get £5-million refurbishment


Five million pounds is being pumped into improvements at County Mall.

The money, provided by Mall owners Standard Life Investments, will see the 22-year-old shopping centre receive a spring-time spruce-up.

The work is due to begin at the end of April and will include parking pay stations with card payment facilities, new lighting, new entrance signs and a new entrance to the food hall.

There will also be improved signage and ceilings as well as the installation of chandeliers.

A spokesman for the Mall said the intention was for the work to be carried out during the evenings when the building is closed so as not to inconvenience shoppers.

A spokesman for Standard Life Investments said: “We’re investing significantly in County Mall because it’s the right thing to do given the age of the centre, the positive retailer demand that exists and the improving market conditions.

“It’s part of our on-going programme to enhance the shopping experience for our visitors. Last year we introduced exciting new stores such as Next and Primark and improved some of the existing stores such as JD Sports.

“Now we’re upgrading other parts of the centre.

“For example, the entrances will have great new signage designs with a fresher feel, internal features such as the balustrades are being upgraded, navigational signage will be improved and we’re brightening the car park with new lighting and signage.”

Mall manager Mark Haynes thanked shoppers for their patience during the refurbishment and said it was anticipated the work would be complete early in 2015.

He added: “To add to the excitement, County Mall has also secured new retailer, Smiggle, as the latest tenant at the Mall.

“The fast-growing Australian stationery brand has chosen County Mall to be one of its first UK locations.

“This is a great vote of confidence in County Mall and Crawley as such a unique brand will complement the existing mix of quality, high street brands.”