THE owners of Boswells department store in Oxford have revealed it will get a major revamp in the new year.

The company spoke out after it emerged that the Boswells 1738 Tearoom closed earlier this month.

The tea room, which opened in 2015, shut on Friday, and on Tuesday workers started boarding the cafe up.

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At the same time, staff at the store off Cornmarket Street have stuck masking tape over the names of several other departments on in-store signs.

Now managers have issued a statement revealing there is due to be a revamp in the new year.

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They said: “We have decided to conduct a full review of our retail business operation with the purpose of introducing a new-look Boswells in the New Year.

“One of the departments that falls within this review is our 1738 Tearoom. Due to a variety of local factors we have decided to close this at this time.

“We would like to thank all our customers for their support.”

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Previously found on the first floor next to the children’s toys section, the tea room was approaching its fourth anniversary later this month.

The cafe served lunches and afternoon teas including sandwiches and scones with cream and jam, and an assortment of cakes.

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When the tea room opened, the linens department relocated to the second floor.

Boswells specialises in homeware, cosmetics, toys, travel and also has a pharmacy and health department.

It appears that preparations are already under way for the new look as some departments have been crossed out on store signs for customers.