Oxford has been rated as having one of the top shopping areas in the UK according to The Sun – and that’s before Westgate opens in October 2017 bringing world class retail and leisure to the city centre.
Oxford ranked number 48 in the top 50 best shopping areas, alongside Liverpool and York.
Property Advisors Harper Dennis Hobbs looked at 1000 shopping districts across Britain to see how well the stores suited the needs of local shoppers. It also assessed shop vacancy rate and the number of ‘less desirable’ shops such as pawnbrokers, money lenders and bookmakers.
More success for Oxford, this time in the #WDYT Digital Influence Index of 1300 British towns and cities where Oxford ranks 58th. The index takes into account audience size, message volume and engagement that occur across social media networks.
Polly Bamfield OBE, CEO and founder of Maybe which compiled the index, said ‘With the increasing culture of online shopping, reviews and research, retail is now a 24/7 experience. Social media influences 74% of purchase decisions. Embracing these channels can reap significant benefits for both individual retailers and their combined towns and cities’
October 2017 sees the opening of a destination retail centre in the heart of Oxford with a flagship John Lewis store, Hobbs and Ted Baker amongst the 125 stores and restaurants. Exciting times!