Bromley town centre is fit to compete with the massive Westfield development planned for Croydon, representatives from The Glades have said.

After it was announced that the £1.4 billion development for Croydon town centre would be anchored by a 165,000 square ft John Lewis, eyes turned to other nearby shopping centres such as Sutton and Bromley.

When the new Westfield is completed, it is expected to offer 300 new shops, restaurants, leisure facilities and a multi-screen cinema complex.

However, management at The Glades in Bromley have said they are not worried about the looming prospect of such stiff competition on their doorstep, and insist their shopping mall has a huge amount to offer.

With new stores opening - the identity of which have not yet been revealed, other than the Jack Wills clothing brand - and a mix of events in the pipeline, The Glades hopes the new Westfield will be viewed as “complementary” to the Bromley centre.

Kate Miller, general manager of The Glades, said: “Westfield Croydon will certainly improve the shopping and leisure facilities in south London when it opens in a couple of years.

“However, the retail offer at The Glades is quite different so we see the new development as complementary to us and vice-versa.

“At The Glades there are a lot of exciting developments happening at the moment, such as the arrival of Jack Wills in the coming weeks.

“The centre offers a superb retail line-up and brilliant mix of dining options, but we’re also developing a name for ourselves thanks to our award-winning events and experiences that really add value and help visitors maximise their time when they come through our doors.

“Bromley shoppers have always been very loyal to the centre and with new stores, a number of upgrades to its facilities and big events in the pipeline, there is plenty to keep locals coming back for more.”

Construction is expected to begin on the new Westfield development is expected to begin in 2019.