The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Town Centre - End 2008


This is the state of the town centre at the end of 2008 (press on image for a bigger version and if it that looks grainy press again the (+) magnifying glass or whetever resize icon appears in your browser). (Alternatively http://www.abingdonblog.co.uk/images/abingdon2007.gif is last year's map and http://www.abingdonblog.co.uk/images/abingdon2008.gif is this year's. )

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

Change in 2007 (10 red, 6 green, 5 yellow) - Net Loss 4
Change in 2008 (13 red, 10 green, 8 yellow) - Net Loss 3

Pending, but not shown here, are the imminent closure of Woolworths and Halfords, and possibly Adams who have gone into administration today, and the opening of the Co-op, including the move of the Post Office.

Not suprisingly, given the state of house sales after the credit crunch, estate agents have been merging offices.

Hodsons have closed their smaller lettings office in High Street, and concentrated at their Ock Street Office.

Bucknell and Ballard took over Adkins, and closed their Bath Street Office, to put all their operations in the High Street office. Charles Lawson have been 'closed for refurbishment' , operating more from their Oxford office, but are still using the shop front to display properties.

Elsewhere, also on the way out, Klick closed earlier this month, when the parent company went into receivership. It was also a goodbye earlier in 2008 to Jennifer Gerrard Gallery, de Paaw, Poldeli, Cargo, Birthdays, and Stead&Simpson.

On the positive side, Local Roots opened, as did Londis, the Thai Orchid Oriental Supermarket, and recently: Ask, Coffee Republic, Sweets and Chocolate, and the Honey Pot.

Of the movers: Outdoor Traders moved into larger premesis, as did Scrivins (previously known as Russel Caulton). Cafe Zeko expanded. Centre Stage moved from Bath Street to Coxeters, and Faulkner Photography moved from Coxeters to Lombard Street.

(Let me know any mistakes or omissions. This does not get proof read except by you)

6 Comments:

Anonymous DeeDee said...

Interesting to see the flow of business. Can you settle an argument about the longest trading shop &/or business in Abingdon ? My money is on Masons but happy to be proved wrong if it's Price's Stationers.

29 December 2008 09:05  
Anonymous hester said...

Interesting question - how about Hedges Butchers, or Coxeters, or Mays Carpets - or the Hairdresser next to Added Ingredients? Some of the non-retail businesses would be older (Leach's printers etc)..

29 December 2008 19:21  
Anonymous DeeDee said...

Got me thinking now about Smiths Chemists. Just found a photo dated c1884 in the 'Abingdon in Camera' book.
Had also forgotten about Hedges tucked round the back.

30 December 2008 10:01  
Blogger Mark Thornton said...

There will be a new book out next week "More Abingdon Past and Present" - I shall ask the author if she knows when she drops the books off...

2 January 2009 17:16  
Blogger Backstreeter said...

Yes, I'd be interested too. Abbey Press have been printing in Abingdon since about 1839. Coxeters were founded in 1836. Both those companies have moved about within Abingdon. Some of the pubs are much older, so do they count?

2 January 2009 22:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great work, thank you.

12 January 2009 14:07  

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