It looks as though the end is nigh for Allders, if this report in the Croydon Guardian about the building site that Croydon will be turned into is anything to go by:
"Originally the £500million shopping centre (Park Place) was to be built in two phases, easing the disruption to residents, transport and businesses nearby and allowing the Allders department store to move into new premises with minimum disruption.
But now the mammoth retail complex will be built in one go and fears are growing over the future of the North End department store which began trading in Croydon in 1862.
The council confirmed this week that Park Place would be constructed in a single phase development."
It is sad to see the Allders building go. However, the store itself has long since died (eg the mens' department) and is a pathetic shadow of its former self which should most certainly be put out of its and our misery.