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Oxford Mail: Chris Green of The Oxford Furniture Warehouse is concerned about more supermarkets opening in London Road Picture: OX64961 Antony Moore Buy this photo Chris Green of The Oxford Furniture Warehouse is concerned about more supermarkets opening in London Road Picture: OX64961 Antony Moore

SHOP owners have expressed their frustration about the number of supermarket chains opening in Headington.

A Sainsbury’s store is due to open at 98 London Road on February 25, and plans are now in motion to create a new Tesco Express nearby at 83-85 London Road.

Chris Green, manager of The Oxford Furniture Warehouse in London Road, is frustrated with the number of supermarkets moving into Headington, which already has Morrisons, Londis, the Co-op and Waitrose.

Mrs Green, 52, said: “I think it is ruining the look of Headington. It is taking away all the individual, local shops.

“I don’t see what the need is for them to come here. We’ve got Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, and we’ve got Morrisons.

“We don’t need a Tesco.”

Her daughter, Sam Green, who co-manages the shop, said: “There are hardly any independent shops in Headington, mostly just supermarkets and charity shops. I think that it was a big shame that Peacocks left, as there is not really anywhere to buy clothing.”

The Greens were given an eviction notice in September to vacate premises in London Road and had to move to new premises in the road just two weeks before Christmas.

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Chris Green added: “The move affected us pretty badly. December should have been our best month, but our takings were down £3,500. “We were doing really well and we were meant to be in those premises for three years. We had nowhere to go.”

The manager of clothing store Monaco, Elaine Bellenger, who has worked in London Road for 19 years, said: “We are losing too many retail shops in Headington. We lost a bridal shop to Starbucks.

“The important point is that we really need people to shop locally.”

Charlotte Carney, who opened Daisy Chain cards and gifts shop in Windmill Road in October, said: “We were surprised by how many charity shops there are. Rents are about £600 a month.”

Mike Ratcliffe, chairman of Headington Neighbourhood Forum, who is working on a Neighbourhood Plan for Headington alongside students from Oxford Brookes University, said: “We can see Morrisons and we know that Sainsburys are coming. We’re just a little bit concerned that what will happen is that it will have a detrimental effect on the community.”

Robin Ockendon, Sainsbury’s regional acquisitions manager, said: “The construction works are progressing well and we are still on target to open at the end of February.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We would like to open an Express store offering a local top-up.

“It would offer up to 20 jobs, and recruitment will be done locally.”

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1:32pm Tue 4 Feb 14

angelox99 says...

why are you moaning... it is a good thing, bringing local jobs to the local area...maybe furniture warehouse should of stayed down the Abingdon road...floods an all!!

quit it!! and the rest of you small business and gone a long time ago retailers!
why are you moaning... it is a good thing, bringing local jobs to the local area...maybe furniture warehouse should of stayed down the Abingdon road...floods an all!! quit it!! and the rest of you small business and gone a long time ago retailers! angelox99
  • Score: -12

3:13pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Danny A says...

I can't see the supermarkets threatening a furniture store like the above, and they may increase local footfall. I too would like to see more independent retailers in Headington, empty premises are available, I suspect high rent demands are a limiting factor.
However I have to question what market share the supermarkets themselves are expecting; Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Iceland, Londis, Coop and Waitrose all within 300m of each other(!)
Do Headington residents buy more groceries than other locations?
I can't see the supermarkets threatening a furniture store like the above, and they may increase local footfall. I too would like to see more independent retailers in Headington, empty premises are available, I suspect high rent demands are a limiting factor. However I have to question what market share the supermarkets themselves are expecting; Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Iceland, Londis, Coop and Waitrose all within 300m of each other(!) Do Headington residents buy more groceries than other locations? Danny A
  • Score: 1

5:44pm Tue 4 Feb 14

saddletramp says...

Question.
If nobody wanted/used these supermarkets,why would the companies open these shops?
If the people of Headington don't want these stores,dont use them,they will soon go away.
You will then be left with loads of empty stores that will attract thousands of shoppers.
Question. If nobody wanted/used these supermarkets,why would the companies open these shops? If the people of Headington don't want these stores,dont use them,they will soon go away. You will then be left with loads of empty stores that will attract thousands of shoppers. saddletramp
  • Score: 0

8:14pm Tue 4 Feb 14

mytaxes says...

I remember some moaning recently because a kebab shop was opening in Headington. As others have said if residents do not want the supermarkets they won't use them, however, with lots of students on a budget I am sure the will welcome the competition.
I remember some moaning recently because a kebab shop was opening in Headington. As others have said if residents do not want the supermarkets they won't use them, however, with lots of students on a budget I am sure the will welcome the competition. mytaxes
  • Score: -1

8:55pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Oflife says...

She is right, the rents will go up. You find me ONE high street in the UK where independents are mixed with brands. Here are some I frequent whose centres have been ruined by brands:

1. Newbury
2. Oxford
3. Abingdon
4. London (everywhere except those few small communities left.)

The solution is not to deter supermarkets, it is rent control, period.
She is right, the rents will go up. You find me ONE high street in the UK where independents are mixed with brands. Here are some I frequent whose centres have been ruined by brands: 1. Newbury 2. Oxford 3. Abingdon 4. London (everywhere except those few small communities left.) The solution is not to deter supermarkets, it is rent control, period. Oflife
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8:59pm Tue 4 Feb 14

WitneyGreen says...

Oflife wrote:
She is right, the rents will go up. You find me ONE high street in the UK where independents are mixed with brands. Here are some I frequent whose centres have been ruined by brands:

1. Newbury
2. Oxford
3. Abingdon
4. London (everywhere except those few small communities left.)

The solution is not to deter supermarkets, it is rent control, period.
Witney's High Street isn't 'ruined' by brands. We have a good mix of independents and chain stores.
[quote][p][bold]Oflife[/bold] wrote: She is right, the rents will go up. You find me ONE high street in the UK where independents are mixed with brands. Here are some I frequent whose centres have been ruined by brands: 1. Newbury 2. Oxford 3. Abingdon 4. London (everywhere except those few small communities left.) The solution is not to deter supermarkets, it is rent control, period.[/p][/quote]Witney's High Street isn't 'ruined' by brands. We have a good mix of independents and chain stores. WitneyGreen
  • Score: -1

9:11pm Tue 4 Feb 14

ktwenka says...

I think she has a fairly good point but the truth is I been a student would love to be surrounded nearby with supermarkets where I can buy my stuffs without boarding a bus to Tesco in city centre though I don't have too much of a problem with that but my fellow colleagues around London road wouldn't have to travel to city for provisions.
I think she has a fairly good point but the truth is I been a student would love to be surrounded nearby with supermarkets where I can buy my stuffs without boarding a bus to Tesco in city centre though I don't have too much of a problem with that but my fellow colleagues around London road wouldn't have to travel to city for provisions. ktwenka
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9:22pm Tue 4 Feb 14

faatmaan says...

funny how the supermarkets already in place are the ones who charge more ( Morrisons excepted), this is all about trying to keep an upmarket area for the fortunate few, generally shops need lots of customers to survive
funny how the supermarkets already in place are the ones who charge more ( Morrisons excepted), this is all about trying to keep an upmarket area for the fortunate few, generally shops need lots of customers to survive faatmaan
  • Score: -2

2:47pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Tidkin says...

So all these additional supermarkets are a good idea for students - typical Oxford - as long as the students are looked after during their brief stay, why worry about the locals. There is a largeTesco's on Cowley Road which should be fairly local for the Brookes students without dumping another in Headington. The Co-operative is actuallycheaper for many items than Sainbury's which is also being inflicted on the Headington area. There needs to be a balance of shops and Peacocks or another similar clothing store should have stayed in place. What next? Will we loose Ford's hardware shop which is a real gem in these times of supermarket greed.
So all these additional supermarkets are a good idea for students - typical Oxford - as long as the students are looked after during their brief stay, why worry about the locals. There is a largeTesco's on Cowley Road which should be fairly local for the Brookes students without dumping another in Headington. The Co-operative is actuallycheaper for many items than Sainbury's which is also being inflicted on the Headington area. There needs to be a balance of shops and Peacocks or another similar clothing store should have stayed in place. What next? Will we loose Ford's hardware shop which is a real gem in these times of supermarket greed. Tidkin
  • Score: -1

5:18pm Wed 5 Feb 14

LouiseOxford says...

Tidkin wrote:
So all these additional supermarkets are a good idea for students - typical Oxford - as long as the students are looked after during their brief stay, why worry about the locals. There is a largeTesco's on Cowley Road which should be fairly local for the Brookes students without dumping another in Headington. The Co-operative is actuallycheaper for many items than Sainbury's which is also being inflicted on the Headington area. There needs to be a balance of shops and Peacocks or another similar clothing store should have stayed in place. What next? Will we loose Ford's hardware shop which is a real gem in these times of supermarket greed.
Hate to break it to you, but Oxford is pretty much synonymous with "university", so rather unsurprisingly, of any city in all of Britain, maybe even the world, I would expect there to be students in this above all cities (be it from Oxford or Oxford Brookes). Not only that, but in any city with a university (or two), the areas surrounding said uni will have a higher proportion of students. If you don't like it, may I suggest you move either away from Headington, maybe to a village? Or a city without a uni?

Note that if Oxford didn't have its universities there'd be no reason for anyone to come here! They certainly don't come for the shops (all are about 6ft square with 1/10th of the stock a shop in any other city has), the park and ride (paying for parking AND riding?!), the views of the rivers (any city centre pubs apart from Head of the River with a nice view?), the well-maintained tow path (overgrown, mostly made of rubble, and currently flooded). Most businesses are here either as spin-offs from the uni, or they are cashing in on the prestige Oxford has as a (top) university city.

Name one other reason Oxford even exists?!
[quote][p][bold]Tidkin[/bold] wrote: So all these additional supermarkets are a good idea for students - typical Oxford - as long as the students are looked after during their brief stay, why worry about the locals. There is a largeTesco's on Cowley Road which should be fairly local for the Brookes students without dumping another in Headington. The Co-operative is actuallycheaper for many items than Sainbury's which is also being inflicted on the Headington area. There needs to be a balance of shops and Peacocks or another similar clothing store should have stayed in place. What next? Will we loose Ford's hardware shop which is a real gem in these times of supermarket greed.[/p][/quote]Hate to break it to you, but Oxford is pretty much synonymous with "university", so rather unsurprisingly, of any city in all of Britain, maybe even the world, I would expect there to be students in this above all cities (be it from Oxford or Oxford Brookes). Not only that, but in any city with a university (or two), the areas surrounding said uni will have a higher proportion of students. If you don't like it, may I suggest you move either away from Headington, maybe to a village? Or a city without a uni? Note that if Oxford didn't have its universities there'd be no reason for anyone to come here! They certainly don't come for the shops (all are about 6ft square with 1/10th of the stock a shop in any other city has), the park and ride (paying for parking AND riding?!), the views of the rivers (any city centre pubs apart from Head of the River with a nice view?), the well-maintained tow path (overgrown, mostly made of rubble, and currently flooded). Most businesses are here either as spin-offs from the uni, or they are cashing in on the prestige Oxford has as a (top) university city. Name one other reason Oxford even exists?! LouiseOxford
  • Score: 2

6:18pm Wed 5 Feb 14

robbo81 says...

I think Louise the point you're missing (although you are quite right, Oxford does mainly exist due to education and healthcare) is it can't JUST cater to the students.

If you build universities that take on 40,000 or so students you naturally need a large workforce. Same with the hospital, BMW, Unipart, Oxfam et al. The workers either live in Oxford or work in the area. So they also need places to shop, relax, socialise etc and generally as they earn they expect a better standard both in terms or quality and variety to that of students.

If you build a morrisons then along comes Tesco and then sainsburys. Great for competitive pricing and helping the students. But now the rents will rise in the area as there is no more shops left to take on and none are built. With that there is a reduction in variety and you drive the locals out further afield to spend their leisure time and cash. That adds to pollution and congestion and kills small local business off. In the end people move away (as I did from Headington) as I got fed up with endless traffic, inflated property prices (due to demand from landlords) and loss of identity/community in an area.

If Oxford carries on like Headington and other area's it'll be a city with 2 universities, 100,000 students, all the shops will be Tesco, Sainsbury, Co-Op etc with the odd Costa, Greggs and Starbucks for good measure and 100% housing stock tenanted with students and people working in aforementioned stores.
I think Louise the point you're missing (although you are quite right, Oxford does mainly exist due to education and healthcare) is it can't JUST cater to the students. If you build universities that take on 40,000 or so students you naturally need a large workforce. Same with the hospital, BMW, Unipart, Oxfam et al. The workers either live in Oxford or work in the area. So they also need places to shop, relax, socialise etc and generally as they earn they expect a better standard both in terms or quality and variety to that of students. If you build a morrisons then along comes Tesco and then sainsburys. Great for competitive pricing and helping the students. But now the rents will rise in the area as there is no more shops left to take on and none are built. With that there is a reduction in variety and you drive the locals out further afield to spend their leisure time and cash. That adds to pollution and congestion and kills small local business off. In the end people move away (as I did from Headington) as I got fed up with endless traffic, inflated property prices (due to demand from landlords) and loss of identity/community in an area. If Oxford carries on like Headington and other area's it'll be a city with 2 universities, 100,000 students, all the shops will be Tesco, Sainsbury, Co-Op etc with the odd Costa, Greggs and Starbucks for good measure and 100% housing stock tenanted with students and people working in aforementioned stores. robbo81
  • Score: 0

11:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

dant40 says...

It's great to see Big retailers it will shut off the scanning corner shops who send their family's round shops to find reduced items then sell it in their shop double the price.
It's great to see Big retailers it will shut off the scanning corner shops who send their family's round shops to find reduced items then sell it in their shop double the price. dant40
  • Score: 1

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