Revealed: The truth about Croydon Village Outlet bosses' history of failed businesses

Croydon Guardian: Marco Cash - real name Mark Anthony Gorevan-Cash - ahead of Croydon Village Outlet's launch in September Marco Cash - real name Mark Anthony Gorevan-Cash - ahead of Croydon Village Outlet's launch in September

Key figures alleged to have racked up more than £1m of debt at the troubled Croydon Village Outlet opened the department store following the collapse of a string of other businesses, it has emerged.

Marco Cash – whose real name is Mark Anthony Gorevan-Cash – oversaw the launch and demise of several similar companies before opening the North End store in September with claims it would last 150 years.

Mr Cash and Joanne Morrison are the named directors of Metro Outlet Ltd, the company behind the store that is being pursued for money by dozens of creditors and faces going bust if it cannot pay.

But the Croydon Guardian can reveal a second man, Christopher Anthony, is also a key player in the running of Croydon Village Outlet, despite not being named as a director.

Mr Anthony, who is Ms Morrison’s partner, was successfully prosecuted by Derby City Council in 2010 after the city’s Grade II listed Hippodrome theatre, which he is believed to still own, was partially destroyed by unauthorised building work.

A judge waived Mr Anthony’s obligation to pay the council’s legal bill after it emerged he was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Councillors rejected his application to turn the theatre into a multi-storey car park last year.

When questioned about his role at Croydon Village Outlet this week, Mr Anthony insisted he was “a general dogsbody”.

He said: "I am a nothing in it. I am a nobody in the company. I’m just a general dogsbody and don’t get paid enough for it.”

But one employee, who asked not to be named, said Mr Anthony was “running the show”, while several others confirmed he was managing the store and had been dealing with staff complaints about unpaid wages.

Many of the store’s employees were not paid on time last month, with some still waiting to receive wages this week.

Some staff have held talks with employment arbitrator Acas after being threatened with the sack if they walked out in protest.

Croydon Guardian: Shoppers outside Croydon Village Outlet on its opening day in September

Shoppers await the store's opening in September 

One employee, who works on the shop floor, said: “The staff are so low it is unbelievable. A lot of them threatened to walk out and were told if they walked out they’d be sacked.

"They don’t know whether to go or whether to stay and try to get their money. They have got them over a barrel.”

A security guard, who quit his job last week after not being paid, said: “These people should not be allowed to operate a business. They do not care about their staff.

"People have got bills to pay. They are hard times out here and we have really nice people who come in day-in, day-out and don't even get paid."

It is understood the store's broken escalators could not be fixed because engineers demanded payment up-front, while most of its security staff have quit.

Several businesses have abandoned their concessions in the store after not receiving money from sales, while many that remain insisted on having their own tills installed.

Mr Anthony denied staff had gone unpaid and claimed the store, which he insisted was not on the brink of going bust, had been “vilified”.

He refused to discuss the company’s financial problems and repeatedly stated only Mr Cash could answer questions.

He said: “There are no problems. Or there are problems, but everyone is getting over the problems and it is not as has been said in the papers.

“It is going to be completely different very shortly. It is not up to me to tell you, let the boss tell you. You will see over the next couple of weeks. Everything will become apparent very shortly.

"It is not my business. I do not hold the purse strings.

“I don’t know how [Marco Cash’s] pockets are, but I know he looks after his staff and I know he pays his staff. This store employs 200 people. There are still happy people in there and they are still getting paid.

"He does lots of good, he has helped lots of staff in times of trouble. It is terrible what has been said, disgusting. A lot of what has been said is not true.

"Every little thing becomes a major incident or a riot. Whatever a disgruntled employee says to you, you take it at face value."

Mr Anthony, who lives in a private road Wimbledon road Ms Morrison, added: "Everyone keeps on saying it's not going to be here next week. Am I concerned it will go out of business? No."

Croydon Guardian: Crowds at the doors of Croydon Village Outlet yesterday

The store's opening in September descended into chaos when tills broke

Debt collection firm Outstanding Results is working to recover more than £500,000 from Metro Outlet Limited for five clients and and has been contacted by five other creditors.

It is understood a second debt recovery company is representing clients owed more than £500,000, with the store's debt thought to stretch well beyond £1m.

On Monday, one unnamed creditor successfully sued Metro Outlet Limited for £9,010 in Northampton County Court.

Martin Brand, director of Outstanding Results, said: "I have never come across anything like it in my life. One of the most spectacular crashes that you will ever see is about to happen.

"I don't know how they even thought they could run a business this way."

Mr Brand plans to this week serve the company with statutory demands that would give it 21 days to settle its debts.

If it fails to reach an agreement with creditors by that deadline, Metro Outlet Limited can be issued with a winding-up petition and its directors could be pursued individually for any personal guarantees.

Mr Cash is listed as a former director of at least seven other companies, including Cyclenet, Suffolk Leisure, Chelsea Leisure, Viscount Menswear and Viscount Retailing.

Several were registered to the same address in Wales as Metro Outlet Limited and all were dissolved within two years of incorporation.

Both he and Ms Morrison were also named directors of a company called Croydon Village Outlet Limited until February, when they were replaced by Chris Simpson.

Some of the claims against the store are believed to be against that company instead of Metro Outlet Limited.

Neither Mr Cash nor Ms Morrison responded to requests for comment.


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1:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Dani78 says...

Sounds like this idiot couldnt organise a shag in a brothel...
Sounds like this idiot couldnt organise a shag in a brothel... Dani78
  • Score: 11

3:06pm Wed 9 Apr 14

jennifer658 says...

I work for Croydon village and I am a happy employee, I would like to say the rumours are not true and I am glad they employed me otherwise I would not have a job. The papers keep writing all these false accusations, its like you are wishing for the shop to lose business and that just goes to show that you don't care about our jobs. If the store closed you are wishing 200 employed people out of a job in Croydon.
So please stop the lies
I work for Croydon village and I am a happy employee, I would like to say the rumours are not true and I am glad they employed me otherwise I would not have a job. The papers keep writing all these false accusations, its like you are wishing for the shop to lose business and that just goes to show that you don't care about our jobs. If the store closed you are wishing 200 employed people out of a job in Croydon. So please stop the lies jennifer658
  • Score: -23

5:04pm Wed 9 Apr 14

lucybeal says...

Marco NO cash are you giving pinnchio a run for his money with all your lies? You would be better suited on the kids programme jackanory junior than running a business as you cant even do the simpliest task of paying your employees. As for Chris Anthnony or let me quote you 'general dogs body' we all know you run the show. And Jennifer 658 (browntongue) i would to know how much you got paid to write that comment. So jennifer658 you please stop the lies.
could anyone give me the number or email address for rogue traders as i am certain it would be very entertaining to do a fly on the wall documentary about this sham.
kind regards ex employee.
Marco NO cash are you giving pinnchio a run for his money with all your lies? You would be better suited on the kids programme jackanory junior than running a business as you cant even do the simpliest task of paying your employees. As for Chris Anthnony or let me quote you 'general dogs body' we all know you run the show. And Jennifer 658 (browntongue) i would to know how much you got paid to write that comment. So jennifer658 you please stop the lies. could anyone give me the number or email address for rogue traders as i am certain it would be very entertaining to do a fly on the wall documentary about this sham. kind regards ex employee. lucybeal
  • Score: 20

5:21pm Wed 9 Apr 14

jennifer658 says...

well lucybeal your bitter because you do not work here any more let the people who are happy to work here be happy
thanks
well lucybeal your bitter because you do not work here any more let the people who are happy to work here be happy thanks jennifer658
  • Score: -20

5:35pm Wed 9 Apr 14

lucybeal says...

well jennifer i'll let you and your half a dozen staff BE HAPPY. Now i'll leave you be to do your voluntary work. Good luck with that.
well jennifer i'll let you and your half a dozen staff BE HAPPY. Now i'll leave you be to do your voluntary work. Good luck with that. lucybeal
  • Score: 19

1:34pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Rajcr0 says...

My grandmother works their and my friends sister works their too and they are not even aware of any of this and are happy and doing OVERTIME TOO!! Its this reporter baynes with no brains, he always has a bad hair day, Jennifer I honestly agree with you, this reporter is soo bad for guardian he is not even originally from croydon that's why he is stomping on us. Member of public like us or staff at croydon village should protest at gaurdian at this guy, I don't know why he wants to shut this place down with false reports, this is their bead and butter for Christ sakes dude.
My grandmother works their and my friends sister works their too and they are not even aware of any of this and are happy and doing OVERTIME TOO!! Its this reporter baynes with no brains, he always has a bad hair day, Jennifer I honestly agree with you, this reporter is soo bad for guardian he is not even originally from croydon that's why he is stomping on us. Member of public like us or staff at croydon village should protest at gaurdian at this guy, I don't know why he wants to shut this place down with false reports, this is their bead and butter for Christ sakes dude. Rajcr0
  • Score: -13

9:21pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Linny55 says...

Oh really jennifer658???do you live in the same world? are you getting paid for this fake comment? sorry to burst your bubble but please go sit your **** somewhere bcos you clearly one of the managers or maybe you are one of the owners pretending to be an employee to save your reputation!!! news flash..the truth is out, theres no going back with your pity comment, so stop lying and be real for once in your life..u CROOKS!! Oh and as for Chris Anthony hes got everything to do with the business, he a big fat bully who parades around as if hes the main director, telling people what to do. please jennifer in the future THINK BEFORE YOU COMMENT!
Oh really jennifer658???do you live in the same world? are you getting paid for this fake comment? sorry to burst your bubble but please go sit your **** somewhere bcos you clearly one of the managers or maybe you are one of the owners pretending to be an employee to save your reputation!!! news flash..the truth is out, theres no going back with your pity comment, so stop lying and be real for once in your life..u CROOKS!! Oh and as for Chris Anthony hes got everything to do with the business, he a big fat bully who parades around as if hes the main director, telling people what to do. please jennifer in the future THINK BEFORE YOU COMMENT! Linny55
  • Score: 16

10:48am Fri 11 Apr 14

jennifer658 says...

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. jennifer658
  • Score: -5

11:53am Sat 12 Apr 14

Rajcr0 says...

Linny55 your clearly jumping to conclusions and your definitely jumping one ahead of you. Stop accusing, it clearly shows your either baynes relative. Check on other newspapers nobody is babaling about them I'm actually going to go into croydon village and speak to individuals and take this article and newspaper and elaborate to them and show them what baynes and tell them what your saying linny55. Stop jumping the gun, everyone is entitle to their own opinion. So ppleaseee stop. It clearly shows you didn't read my message, I know people working their an obviously I don't know about chris antony but surely know about other things. Regards. Enjoy the weekend
Linny55 your clearly jumping to conclusions and your definitely jumping one ahead of you. Stop accusing, it clearly shows your either baynes relative. Check on other newspapers nobody is babaling about them I'm actually going to go into croydon village and speak to individuals and take this article and newspaper and elaborate to them and show them what baynes and tell them what your saying linny55. Stop jumping the gun, everyone is entitle to their own opinion. So ppleaseee stop. It clearly shows you didn't read my message, I know people working their an obviously I don't know about chris antony but surely know about other things. Regards. Enjoy the weekend Rajcr0
  • Score: -12

5:07pm Sat 12 Apr 14

ANNE GILES says...

I went in there for the first and last time last week. Not impressed at all.
I went in there for the first and last time last week. Not impressed at all. ANNE GILES
  • Score: 7

10:01am Sun 13 Apr 14

Linny55 says...

Rajcr0 please wise up this is not WORLD news so don't expect to see it on the CNN, dailymail or the sun! Don't get too too excited mate! Is only about croydon and to remind you that's why croydon guardian is doing their job, so leave them to inform the local community. Anyway please do go into the store.am sure your presence is needed. REGARDS.
Rajcr0 please wise up this is not WORLD news so don't expect to see it on the CNN, dailymail or the sun! Don't get too too excited mate! Is only about croydon and to remind you that's why croydon guardian is doing their job, so leave them to inform the local community. Anyway please do go into the store.am sure your presence is needed. REGARDS. Linny55
  • Score: 11

3:10pm Sun 13 Apr 14

chelsif5454 says...

raj, jenifer... behave! I don't know and don't care who you are but what I am intrigued about is why your saying what your saying? why would any body stick up for this place!? Of the few remaining staff that are most of them are only there because they know if they leave they will have to sacrifice their pay they have accumulated and are owed! jen, raj, have you not seen the text below the comment box? ( Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link. ) Staff are NOT being paid on time! Chris Anthony IS the acting boss! Chris Simpson is the current director on paper. Marco wheres my Cash , Jo Morrisons to shop elsewhere and Tiny actualy spelt Teeneh director forms have all at some time been directors since opening in September last year. What I would like to know is why the companies VAT number etc registered to a small property in Wales whilst none of the fore-mentioned characters are from there or have to the best of my knowledge owned business's there. We sell dodgy opened and used stock that are from a returns where house belonging to Argos! We've had and sold faulty microwaves, hoovers and DIRTY ( I use this word on purpose ) female body hair trimmers... The Greenhill food hall should have never been allowed to open or operate as its a health hazard, the state of the place is shocking! The only people that are happy in this building are Chris and the other bosses as they must be having a right giggle at our expense, and the mice that frequent the walls and surrounding car park area. The people running this place if they havent met in prison as we all believe I hope they can all share a cell when they end up there eventually.
raj, jenifer... behave! I don't know and don't care who you are but what I am intrigued about is why your saying what your saying? why would any body stick up for this place!? Of the few remaining staff that are most of them are only there because they know if they leave they will have to sacrifice their pay they have accumulated and are owed! jen, raj, have you not seen the text below the comment box? ( Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link. ) Staff are NOT being paid on time! Chris Anthony IS the acting boss! Chris Simpson is the current director on paper. Marco wheres my Cash , Jo Morrisons to shop elsewhere and Tiny actualy spelt Teeneh director forms have all at some time been directors since opening in September last year. What I would like to know is why the companies VAT number etc registered to a small property in Wales whilst none of the fore-mentioned characters are from there or have to the best of my knowledge owned business's there. We sell dodgy opened and used stock that are from a returns where house belonging to Argos! We've had and sold faulty microwaves, hoovers and DIRTY ( I use this word on purpose ) female body hair trimmers... The Greenhill food hall should have never been allowed to open or operate as its a health hazard, the state of the place is shocking! The only people that are happy in this building are Chris and the other bosses as they must be having a right giggle at our expense, and the mice that frequent the walls and surrounding car park area. The people running this place if they havent met in prison as we all believe I hope they can all share a cell when they end up there eventually. chelsif5454
  • Score: 20

3:13pm Sun 13 Apr 14

chelsif5454 says...

plus why would we make up that we aint been paid? seriously
plus why would we make up that we aint been paid? seriously chelsif5454
  • Score: 11

10:59am Tue 15 Apr 14

Dani78 says...

Rajcr0 wrote:
My grandmother works their and my friends sister works their too and they are not even aware of any of this and are happy and doing OVERTIME TOO!! Its this reporter baynes with no brains, he always has a bad hair day, Jennifer I honestly agree with you, this reporter is soo bad for guardian he is not even originally from croydon that's why he is stomping on us. Member of public like us or staff at croydon village should protest at gaurdian at this guy, I don't know why he wants to shut this place down with false reports, this is their bead and butter for Christ sakes dude.
Are you marco no cash in disguise lol...
[quote][p][bold]Rajcr0[/bold] wrote: My grandmother works their and my friends sister works their too and they are not even aware of any of this and are happy and doing OVERTIME TOO!! Its this reporter baynes with no brains, he always has a bad hair day, Jennifer I honestly agree with you, this reporter is soo bad for guardian he is not even originally from croydon that's why he is stomping on us. Member of public like us or staff at croydon village should protest at gaurdian at this guy, I don't know why he wants to shut this place down with false reports, this is their bead and butter for Christ sakes dude.[/p][/quote]Are you marco no cash in disguise lol... Dani78
  • Score: 4

9:35am Wed 16 Apr 14

Rajcr0 says...

Lol. Whatever dude dani78. Your probably one of the writers can't bear what we saying in disguise.
Lol. Whatever dude dani78. Your probably one of the writers can't bear what we saying in disguise. Rajcr0
  • Score: -5

12:47pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Dani78 says...

Rajcr0 wrote:
My grandmother works their and my friends sister works their too and they are not even aware of any of this and are happy and doing OVERTIME TOO!! Its this reporter baynes with no brains, he always has a bad hair day, Jennifer I honestly agree with you, this reporter is soo bad for guardian he is not even originally from croydon that's why he is stomping on us. Member of public like us or staff at croydon village should protest at gaurdian at this guy, I don't know why he wants to shut this place down with false reports, this is their bead and butter for Christ sakes dude.
If you know so many that are working there why not give their names to the press to interview them for the truth if your so bothered by the so called false **** you say is being said...

its probably more a case of your sisters mate who's friends dog is mates with the baker that works in the outlet whos brother knows his dad whos dog knows marco and in reality you dont know any of them or as i say are you the real "skint marco no cash"?
[quote][p][bold]Rajcr0[/bold] wrote: My grandmother works their and my friends sister works their too and they are not even aware of any of this and are happy and doing OVERTIME TOO!! Its this reporter baynes with no brains, he always has a bad hair day, Jennifer I honestly agree with you, this reporter is soo bad for guardian he is not even originally from croydon that's why he is stomping on us. Member of public like us or staff at croydon village should protest at gaurdian at this guy, I don't know why he wants to shut this place down with false reports, this is their bead and butter for Christ sakes dude.[/p][/quote]If you know so many that are working there why not give their names to the press to interview them for the truth if your so bothered by the so called false **** you say is being said... its probably more a case of your sisters mate who's friends dog is mates with the baker that works in the outlet whos brother knows his dad whos dog knows marco and in reality you dont know any of them or as i say are you the real "skint marco no cash"? Dani78
  • Score: 9

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