Leisure, food and drink units plans for former Debenhams at Westwood Cross

Former Debenhams at Westwood Cross (LS Thanet Ltd)

The former Debenhams building at Westwood Cross looks set to be transformed into units for food, drink and leisure.

Planning applications submitted by LS Thanet for a new shopfront and illuminated WX sign have been approved by Thanet council.

Documents for the plans describe creating: “units for Food & Beverage and Leisure offers. This includes creating new shopfront and enlarging windows on the first floor.”

Design LS Thanet Ltd

The Debenhams store closed at the start of this year when the ailing chain was bought by fashion retailer Boohoo.

The £55m sale meant the closure of the remaining 118 Debenhams outlets with goods being sold online only by Boohoo from early 2022..

It had been an anchor store for the Westwood Cross site since it first opened in 2005. The other anchor store is M&S.

Drawings in the planning application hint at bowling and putting as amongst the proposed offers.

LS Thanet Ltd – formerly Ravenside Investments- has directors including Land Securities Management Services.

Land Securities Group owns the Westwood Cross site.

Clip n Climb has also revealed plans for a Thanet site but a location has not been confirmed.

On the Clip n Climb website it says: “The new centre – which is expected to open in early 2022 – will feature over 15 unique challenges including the popular Stairway to Heaven, an 8-metre Vertical Drop Slide and an interactive climbing wall called ValoClimb, which combines gaming and climbing.”

16 Comments

  1. WWX is not a good shopping centre. It’s poor design open to all weathers is not friendly. The layout making it difficult to get to other sections if on foot as no subways or bridges over the main roads which pass through the middle. A long walk between sections too. It is designed to cause traffic jams which it is doing at busy times. No decent shops there either, all the big stores are identical in what they sell. They need more independent traders.

  2. yes , and i suppose its better than the estate agents and secondhand shops ramsgate town has , well thats the ones that are open at least

    • Only because most of the shops have relocated to WWX on promises of reduced rates for a few years. No one thought of all the congestion it would cause, or what would happen when the reduced rates finish.

  3. Clip and Climb is going to open on the Westwood Retail Park previously known as East Kent Retail Park. That’s the site with B&M on.

  4. Have heard its going to be a Bollywood bowling alley. interactive puttstars mini-golf, an Egamer arena. few bars, few eateries, a few more bars So great!

    More late night entertainment.

    As a shopping area, its pants.

  5. James perhaps if you lived in the area you would not be so keen on any of your suggestions more shops are needed not leisure facilities not more food and drink outlets how many food outlets does one area need?little wonder people are overweight or obese too much temptation and too many weak willed people is not a good combination, there are already too many pubs and bars in Thanet without opening up more

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