Category Archives: Business

Big Day for Lidl


It is a big day for Lidl in Abingdon. Staff were busy on last minute preparations for opening the new Lidl supermarket on the Fairacres Retail Park. The Abingdon Lidl is one new store out of a hundred to be opened in 2021/22. A press release said  ‘£1.3bn investment plans for 2021 and 2022 will drive the opening of 100 additional stores across Great Britain’.

A hoarding was being driven round Abingdon with the words ‘Big on Abingdon … Drum roll please, opens Thurs 29 April …‘.

Also of note are four new electric car charging points at Lidl.

On the Fairacres sign can be seen Homebase and Lidl are opening soon. The Gym, Costa Coffee, and Bathstore will also be opening soon.

The Fairacres Phase 2 re-development is nearly completed. Contractors are busy converting the ground nearest the Marcham Road roundabout into a Homebase garden and outdoor area.

One thing that has not changed is the postbox on Nuffield Way. Everything around it changed during the re-development.

Sunny Weekend was perfect for the first meal (or drink) out


Over the weekend the garden of the Nags Head pub was a popular venue for people to experience their first meal (or drink) out since the lockdown easing. The sun shone on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Everyone entering the garden records their details with Track and Trace, and wears a mask to the table. Orders are made by mobile phones.

Here is a pint of Abingdon Bridge, brewed by the Loose Cannon Brewery in Abingdon.

While enjoying the garden the punters can watch the boats go by.

On the downstream side of Nags Head Island, Annie’s Tearooms, also has outdoor tables and has been welcoming people back.

There is currently work strengthening the moorings downstream from Abingdon Bridge.

Lidl get top billing + Cinematic Abingdon


Earlier today Wai saw the Fairacres roadside sign being changed. Lidl have top billing, and lower down Costa and The Gym are coming soon.

Daniel has a lovely cinematic video of Abingdon from the air – taken at various times. To get the full benefit it can be watched on youtube.

P.S The Abbey Cinema will be reopening from 17th May.

‘We are Moving’ poster


The Abingdon branch of the Newbury Building Society will be moving this summer. A ‘We are Moving’ poster has appeared in the window of the West St Helen Street shop where they have been for 40 years.

The new location will be 34 Bury Street, next to New Look.

That was the address of The Lemon Plaice before Bury Street had a revamp in 2012.