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Abingdon Town Centre Shop Changes in 2020 (14th annual review)

2020 was the year of the Covid-19 pandemic. Government restrictions changed how businesses could operate and many businesses started doing takeaways, deliveries, and click and collect. There was also some government support for businesses, and payment for staff on furlough. Otherwise more businesses would have closed.
Changes in 2020
Press on Changes in 2020 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.
Red question mark means I don’t know whether a business has closed

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, 2 red ?s ) – Net Loss 2-4

Welcome back to:
New in 2020
Acacia, rebuilt after a fire

Welcome to:
New in 2020
Al Mulino
New in 2020ess
New in 2020
Chic it Up
New in 2020
Karim’s Trims
New in 2020
Qué Pasa
New in 2020
Abingdon Nail Spa moved to Stert Street from West St Helen Street where they traded as TK Nails.

Goodbye to:
Abingdon Sports
H Samuel
The Old Chemist

I am not sure about:
Gifts and Gallery – where one of the staff told me they were closing but there is no notice on the shop door or website. So they may continue in another form.
Ox Vapours – stopped trading from Stert Street after a flood and could be waiting for the premises to be put right. They do now operate from a business park in Kingston Bagpuize.

Peacocks are having a long running closing down sale but still have stock in the shop.

Change to business in same premises
Sean Antony moved back from two to one salon after the original salon had a revamp, and Karim’s Trims took his place in Lombard Street.

(let me know any mistakes in this annual roundup)

Que Pasa en Abingdon?

Advent Windows
At 8pm there were a lot of people out in West St Helen Street singing along to the live Silent Night Carol on their doorsteps.

Afterwards our neighbour mentioned an Advent Windows trail raising money for Helen and Douglas House at the old workhouse estate (Abbot Road, Thesiger Road and a bit of Oxford Road).
Advent Windows
I cycled down there and was amazed how many houses had taken part and how good the windows were.
Advent Windows
The pandemic and a WhatsApp group has brought the workhouse estate together.
Advent Windows
If all communities were like this there would be Peace on Earth.
Advent Windows
I then cycled to South Avenue and looked at their advent windows. They have been doing Advent windows for a few years. Their trail also raises money for Helen and Douglas House.
Advent Windows
One window said ‘HO HO HO’.
Advent Windows
Another said ‘HOPE’.
Advent Windows
Cycling back through Abingdon town centre I saw another new window lit up. The Que Pasa Tapas bar & Mediterranean Restaurant has opened. Que Pasa in Spanish means What’s happening in English.

Aldi Abingdon Consultation

Stuart sent me a link for the Aldi Abingdon Consultation. Aldi would like to establish a new store near the development in North West Abingdon and want people to have their say at It would be a modestly sized food store with parking for 103 cars and 40 jobs.

The proposed site is the top end of the circus field where there was an archaeological dig two weeks ago.

Free parking days announced. Shops can reopen from December 2nd. Oxfordshire in Tier 2

The Vale of White Horse District Council are urging us to support local traders as they confirm the free parking days in the run up to Christmas. In Abingdon they will be the Saturdays (5, 12, 19 December) .

December 5th is also Small Business Saturday.

People were volunteering in one the charity shops today, decorating the window and getting the shop ready to open. Such shops will be permitted to reopen from Wednesday at 1am.

The rest of the winter will be uncertain for traders. There could be further closures.

Oxfordshire will be in the new tier 2 …