Westwood Cross
Westwood Cross is a shopping centre in Westwood in Thanet, Kent. It is circled by Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate. It was built by Carillion and opened in June 2005. According to Land Securities, the owner, Westwood Cross is "the new Town Centre for the Thanet region".

Main shopping centre
Westwood Cross main shopping centre consists of an open pedestrianised arcade occupied mostly by High Street shops. There are 46 units occupying an area of 475,000 sq ft (44,100 m 2) and there are 1,500 parking spaces. There are two anchor stores, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer. In October 2007 an entertainment development opened on a site to the southwest of Westwood Cross. This comprises four restaurants, a large Vue multiplex cinema (opened in November 2007), a casino and Gala bingo hall which both opened in March 2008. Phase Two of Westwood Cross was recently completed, following the relocation of the Wickes store which formerly stood beside the bus station. This addition to the centre includes several new retail units and space for up to three restaurants along with extra parking. As of April 2010 only two of the new units have been leased and the others stand empty. Neighbouring developments include East Kent Retail Park ( Matalan, Staples, Harveys Furniture, and Pets at Home) and Westwood Gateway Retail Park ( Argos, Paul Simon, Homebase, Maplin Electronics and Sports World). Both sites are owned by Hammerson. There is a Sainsbury's, McDonalds and a large Tesco Extra nearby. As of 2005 the centre created 1,500 jobs in the Broadstairs area. Westwood Cross is situated on the former Haine Hospital site, which closed in June 1997 and was demolished in 2003.

Shops at Westwood Cross include

Refreshments are available at Bakers Oven, Caffe Nero, Coffee Republic, Subway and Costa Coffee.

Transport connections
On one side of the centre is a bus station, served by Stagecoach in East Kent and Eastonways. In particular Stagecoach in East Kent's Thanet Loop passes through the centre. The nearest train station is located at Ramsgate, which is 1.7 miles away. The next nearest town centre is Broadstairs (whose boundaries include Westwood Cross), although this is a small town centre with few major shops. In November 2008 a new road linking Newington with Westwood Cross was completed. It cost £6.75m.

New developments
In 2007, J Sainsbury PLC announced a partnership with Land Securities which included their site next to Westwood Cross which is also owned by Land Securities.

Nearby towns

Immediate locality
  • Broadstairs (Westwood Cross is located in the parish of Broadstairs and St Peter's)
  • Margate
  • Westgate-on-Sea
  • Ramsgate
  • Birchington

Nearby notable towns
  • Sandwich, Kent
  • Canterbury

Criticism and controversy
The Kent county authority's decision to allow the development of a leisure complex including multiplex cinema, restaurant, bingo hall and casino was controversial. It was eventually approved by the House of Lords. According to The Times, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Margate now circle Westwood Cross, a vast shopping centre and entertainment park that opened in 2005. It has planning consent for 1,000 houses and locals are nervous that this will create a Thanet supertown and destroy the individual appeal of Broadstairs. In 2008, there was criticism from church leaders over the opening of a casino at the centre.

  • The Body Shop
  • Boots
  • Burton
  • Carphone Warehouse
  • Claire's Accessories
  • Clarks
  • Clintons
  • Debenhams
  • Dorothy Perkins
  • Ernest Jones
  • Evans
  • Fusion Hair and Beauty
  • GAME
  • H. Samuel
  • H&M
  • HMV
  • Hobbycraft
  • HSBC
  • JD Sports
  • JJB Sports
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Monsoon
  • Mothercare
  • New Look
  • Next
  • O2
  • Peacocks
  • The Perfume Shop
  • River Island
  • Select
  • Smyths
  • Thorntons
  • TK Maxx
  • Topman
  • Topshop
  • Waterstones
  • WHSmith

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