Category Archives: Business

Recycle, restore and upcycle shop

A new shop called The Shed opened about three weeks ago in Stert Street. The shop is bigger than it looks because it has the shop in the front and a large back room. The shop sells mostly recycled second hand goods, some picked up at flee markets and where needed restored or upcycled. There are pieces of furniture, tools, books, pots and pans and crockery. When I went in I got a warm welcome and just browsed and the lady running the shop answered questions and carried on restoring some furniture.

Abingdon Town Centre Shop Changes in 2021 (15th annual review)

2021 roundup
2021 was the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic. Government restrictions continued to change how businesses could operate.
Changes in 2021
Press on Changes in 2021 for a bigger (pdf) version of the map showing the changes.

Green is a shop that was vacant at the start of the year which is now occupied.
Yellow means a change of business.
Red is a vacant shop premises that was occupied at the start of the year.

Change in 2007 ( 6 green, 5 yellow, 10 red ) – Net Loss 4
Change in 2008 ( 10 green, 8 yellow, 13 red ) – Net Loss 3
Change in 2009 ( 9 green, 6 yellow, 6 red ) – Net Gain 3
Change in 2010 ( 9 green, 6 yellow, 5 red ) – Net Gain 4
Change in 2011 ( 2 green, 8 yellow, 5 red ) – Net Loss 3
Change in 2012 ( 6 green, 1 yellow, 7 red ) – Net Loss 1
Change in 2013 ( 6 green, 8 yellow, 6 red ) – Net Change 0
Change in 2014 ( 6 green, 8 yellow, 6 red ) – Net Change 0
Change in 2015 ( 6 green, 8 yellow, 6 red ) – Net Change 0
Change in 2016 ( 10 green, 5 yellow, 5 red ) – Net Gain 5
Change in 2017 ( 3 green, 6 yellow, 7 red ) – Net Loss 4
Change in 2018 ( 7 green, 6 yellow, 4 red ) – Net Gain 3
Change in 2019 ( 4 green, 3 yellow, 7 red ) – Net Loss 3
Change in 2020 ( 6 green, 1 yellow, 8 red) – Net Loss 2
Change in 2021 ( 6 green, 1 yellow, 8 red) – Net Loss 2

Welcome to:
2021 roundup
Missing Bean
Natty Nails
2021 roundup

Some businesses moved within the town centre:
Willow Shakeshop
Newbury Building Society,

Goodbye to:
Little Tea Room

The following closed at the end of 2020 or early 2021 but have been put down as 2021 closures:
Ebony Marni
Gifts and Gallery
Ox Vapours

Change to business in same premises
Av Boats took over from the Abingdon Boat Centre

(let me know any mistakes in this annual roundup)

2021 roundup
The Shed will soon be opening at the Willow’s Shakeshop old premises. Masons in Stert Street is the oldest shop operating from the same premises.
2021 roundup
Poundland continues to love Abingdon and be popular. The big shop opposite (Peacocks) is now empty.

New Shop

Michael sent some pictures of Bella Rita’s new Italian ceramic shop next to Seeneys in Stratton Way. He says they could do with some publicity – not many people have found them yet.

They’ve got some nice designs, mainly fruit, vegetables, flowers etc. and Christmas designs but some more artistic items. They also have leather handbags.

He says I’m now the proud owner of the large blue plate in the window display!

Abingdon gets 2nd Premier Inn

Back in 2007 Tesco wanted to expand the store to use the old garden centre. The garden centre was closed 10 years ago in 2011 and has been loosing roof tiles since then.

Two years ago Travelodge proposed putting a hotel on the site. Now, rival chain, Premier Inn have adapted the plans and have got planning permission for a hotel with 85 rooms.

There is already a Premier Inn half a mile away behind the Ock MIll Beefeater restaurant.