Beales’ store closing in Abingdon – few days left

December 30, 2016

Beales close their department store on the Fairacres Estate on January 8th 2017.
Beales, which has been trading since 1881, had 29 branches across the UK until they hit financial problems. As a result they are having to restructure and are closing ten of those stores including the one in Abingdon.

Beales in Abingdon sold clothing, beauty products, homewares, toys, electrical goods and gifts, and have a large cafe area upstairs. It has been a popular store, so will we missed by many people in Abingdon. It was Contact Electrical and Comfortmaker (owned by Anglia Retail Cooperative Society) before Beales took it over in 2011.

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  • 1. Steven  |  December 30, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Yes I too shall miss it for the gift ideas, cafe and Collect Plus drop off but frankly not much else: prices, particularly for electronics, were simply uncompetitive and symptomatic of a badly run business. Here’s hoping for a more viable new tennant e.g. Next or M&S

  • 2. Janet  |  December 30, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Very sad to see this shop go.

  • 3. newcomer  |  December 31, 2016 at 7:31 am

    This sad saga of ineptitude continues …

    “Part one of the Vale of White Horse’s recently-adopted Local Plan pledged that by 2031 The Charter ‘will have been comprehensively and attractively redeveloped’.”

    In whose fantasy land?

    “Councillor Sandy Lovatt said he … hoped to champion leisure facilities such as a small cinema.”

    Does the right hand know what the left hand is doing?

    There’s no rationale. The councils’ are operating on a different reality plane.

  • 4. Daniel  |  December 31, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I think you do Abingdon a dis-service newcomer. The town is now quite bustling every month, sometimes even twice a month; and what with an ambition to have a small cinema by 2031 we really should be quite satisfied with that.

  • 5. ColinB  |  January 12, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Interesting article about Beales when they took over a sub let from CoOp.!!! 12/01/2017

    Mays going to put in a furniture store??.

  • 6. J Blackman  |  January 24, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Very sad to see this shop closing, loved their bedding and curtain making. Will miss it

  • 7. David Webb  |  February 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Abingdon is a dead loss all you got in there Hair dressers estate agents cafes & other food outlets no good shops & they Buggerd up the precinct when it rains now you soaking wet idiots on the town council.

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