Category Archives: Business

2nd Lockdown Oddities and End of Transition

2nd Lockdown
The busy Abbey play area can be seen beyond this backwater. One of the last things to reopen after the first lockdown were the play parks. This time round the play parks have been kept open and at weekends look busy.

Before reaching the play area I saw a man litter picking. He is a key worker and does many hours litter picking as well as his work. He now counts the face masks he picks up. Last week he counted about 400.

A friend reported going to visit B&M on the Fairacres trading estate yesterday but then decided not to join the large queue. B&M have done very well during both lockdowns as they sell both essentials and non essentials.
2nd Lockdown
Businesses have received letters telling them to prepare for the change to trading and employment rules as a result of the end of the one year transition period.

Barclays are leaving the Marcham Road – Homebase could be returning

Barclays Closing - Homebase Re-opening
Barclays have sent letters to customers of the Abingdon Marcham Road branch to say that the branch is closing on the 10th February 2021. They are closing other branches including those at Botley and Didcot. The Barclays at The Square in Abingdon must still have enough visitors as it is kept open.
Barclays Closing - Homebase Re-opening
The main reasons, given by the bank, why the Abingdon Marcham Road is closing:
• Customer visits have gone down over the last 2 years
• 82% of customers have other ways of banking, and this percent has increased
• 57% of this branch’s customers have been using nearby branches
• 29 customers use this branch exclusively for their banking
Barclays Closing - Homebase Re-opening
At the Fairacres retail park, across the Marcham Road, a new planning application P20/V2809/FUL requests that the 3 remaining units (of the phase 2 development) will need an exterior garden centre. The application mentions Homebase. So if this goes ahead,  in late 2021, it will mean Homebase are returning with a brand new store taking the last 3 new units.

Abingdon Sports to Close

Abingdon Sports
It was Halloween today and a local shop have a closing down sale. Abingdon Sports supply a wide variety of sportswear and equipment. The staff also have a lot of experience. Abingdon Sports were previously known as Touchwood Sports, and have been in Abingdon since the 1960s, first in the Vineyard, and then in the High Street since the 1970s.