Card Factory, 83-85 North End
History of number 83
According to a photo on Flickr, at some point in the past number 83 was occupied by a handbag shop called Lindy Lou.
By May 2012 it was a shoe shop called Unze By Shalimar Shoes photo, but this closed some time in October or early November 2013 photo. By mid-November the interior was stripped out photo and by late March 2014 it was boarded up photo. It was still vacant as of April 2014.
A new clothes shop opened in July 2014, initially with no name on the frontage photo but the owner told us he was thinking of calling it "Miss Selfie". By August of that year it had a proper sign up photo. It closed down again some time between July and September 2015.
The premises were vacant as of mid-September 2015 photo, but by the end of that month another new clothes shop called Mbuta Nanga! photo had opened. Some time between January and September 2016 this moved to Croydon Village Outlet photo of notice.
It was still vacant as of January 2017, March 2017, and September 2017. As of June 2018 it was covered in scaffolding photo, but as of August 2018 the scaffolding had come down photo and there seemed to be some shopfitting work going on, which included amalgamating it with number 85 next door. The combined premises then opened as a branch of Card Factory some time between August 2018 and January 2019.
History of number 85
By December 2011 it was a T-Mobile shop photo, but this rebranded to EE ("Everything Everywhere") some time around October 2012 photo. In May 2016 EE moved next door to larger premises at numbers 87-89.
The shop was still vacant as of September 2016, January 2017, March 2017, and September 2017. As of June 2018 it was covered in scaffolding photo, but as of August 2018 the scaffolding had come down photo and work was in progress to amalgamate it with number 83, as described above.