Retail Business

Cherwell has a strong retail sector. Banbury is a sub-regional destination, built around the Castle Quay Shopping Centre, and with a high proportion of independent and specialist retailers in its open and picturesque retail core. Significant retailers include Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Next, H&M, Monsoon and River Island. The already vibrant high street has been enhanced further with the pedestrianisation of Market Square and Parsons Street.

The redevelopment of Bicester Town Centre, anchored by a significant new Sainsburys store with a cinema complex and a variety of shop units opened in summer 2013. The redevelopment of Bicester Avenue Garden Centre has also provided a retail location for outdoor and garden leisure.

Bicester is also home to Value Retail’s Bicester Village Designer Outlet, a major shopping destination bringing visitors from across the Home Counties and Overseas. Recently expanded, the third and final phase of its development has seen expanded floor-space and multi-storey parking.

For those visitors looking for a more rural place to shop there is the small but vivacious village of Kidlington. Kidlington is the second largest village in the country, but it still manages to preserve that village feel with its modern shopping centre still containing many independent traders. The village also has a good number of caf├ęs, restaurants and pubs in or near the centre.

Cherwell District Council has recognised the importance of retailing to its economy, and has committed resources to both urban regeneration and providing a suite of maintenance and management services.

Further Information

Bicester Village
http://www.bicestervillage.com

Castle Quay, Banbury
http://www.castlequay.co.uk

Bicester Avenue Garden Centre (formerly Wyevale)
http://www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/garden-centres/bicester-avenue-garden-centre/2v

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