DISCOUNT designer clothing superstore TK Maxx is to shut up shop in the town centre at the end of the week.
News that the store will close for good on Saturday (January 26) has sparked concern from independent traders nearby, who fear the closure will be bad for business.
Joe Raccagna, owner of Tony and Peter's Barbershop in Frith Street, said: "When Kwik Save closed down we lost 30 per cent of our business because just not as many people were around here.
"It's yet another nail in the coffin for Croydon.
"There are many elderly customers who use it to cut through into the centre and they will pop in here. Now, they might just not come by at all. It seems that the deal is done.
"The people that decided this don't care about us; there's nothing we can do."
Butcher Anton Tardivel, from nearby Tucker's Meat Market, is also worried about the effect the closure will have.
He said: "Shutting TK Maxx is going to really isolate us. It is very worrying. People would go into TK Maxx then visit me on the way to Surrey Street market but they won't be able to do that now.
"We are just going to have to wait and see what happens but I really think this could hurt us.
"No one is going to come by here anymore."
The closure announcement follows the opening of a new TK Maxx outlet on the site of the former Staples store, in Whitehorse Road, last October.
The company had not commented to the Advertiser as we went to press.