Construction work on a new Waitrose store in Botley Road, Oxford, is scheduled to begin next month.

The demolition of the former Halfords and MFI building was completed before Christmas to pave the way for Oxford’s third Waitrose – the other two being in Headington.

Proposals for the 24,500 sq ft store were approved by Oxford City Council’s west area planning committee in May last year.

The store, which is expected to open in the autumn, will have 150 parking spaces and create 160 new jobs.

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