Thinking of starting your own business? These Oxford commercial properties are for sale right now.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed everyone’s lives, but as business owners struggle to make ends meet amid the pandemic more and more properties have gone on the market.

Even before Covid-19 took hold, the high streets were seeing a decline in footfall and there were a record number of empty units.

In 2019 there was a net closure of 9,169 retail premises across the UK, according to the latest statistics.

As we increasingly adopt working from home and the need for expensive offices starts to deplete, lots of commercial office units have come on the market.

Do you feel inspired to take on a new business or open your own business for the first time?

Here are five of the commercial properties for sale in Oxford right now:

Cafe Coco, Cowley Road, OX4


Oxford Mail:

Café Coco began trading 27 years ago and has been under the same ownership ever since.

It has built up an excellent reputation over the years for its friendly service, great atmosphere and its vibrant range of food, cocktails and healthy options.

Up for sale for the first time since it opened its doors in 1992, Cafe Coco has been well-loved and cared for by its current owner who has made continual improvements to the interior over the years.

The city centre is a seven-minute walk away and there are good transport links on Cowley Road.

Fixtures and fittings are included in the sale - the cafe caters for 60 covers on the split level ground floor.

Cafe Tarifa, Cowley Road, OX4


Oxford Mail:

The mesmerising Cafe Tarifa, lovingly referred to as ‘a hidden oasis on Cowley Road’ is sadly up for sale as the owner is retiring.

The Spanish inspired cafe/bar has been carefully designed around a central bar area.

There is open plan seating for 80 inside with additional space for 30 guests in the rear terrace garden.

The business boasts high footfall and sees an annual turnover of approximately £400,000 and pays a rent of £77,000 per year.

The Osney Arms, Botley Road, OX2


Oxford Mail:

The Osney Arms boasts 11 well presented bedrooms over three floors, plus a kitchen, breakfast room, courtyard garden and parking for 4 vehicles.

The guest house was redesigned by the current owner who has created a successful business that attracts guests from the leisure and corporate market - gaining many positive views on TripAdvisor.

Situated close to the city centre, the property is approximately 1/3 of a mile from Oxford Train Station.

Bakers and confectioners, Oxford City Centre


Oxford Mail:

This wholesale corporate patisserie and a small retail outlet in the city centre is available for just under half a million pounds.

The approximate turnover of the business is £1m per annum and shows approximate net profits of £200,000.

Described as an outstanding opportunity, the property has come on the market as a retirement sale after the current owners have spent 32 years with the business.

All of the equipment comes with the sale including the well-fitted bakehouse.

Oxford Yarn Store, North Parade Avenue, OX2


Oxford Mail:

This independent yarn store is a Rowan flagship store and stocks the full range of Rowan patterns and yarns alongside many other brands.

Being brought to the market as a result of semi-retirement the business has been built up over the last six and a half years.

The business is described as being ideal for either an experienced operator looking for an additional site or an individual or partnership looking for their first business opportunity.

Currently turning over £156,024 the business is run and managed by the current vendor with the assistance of one part-time staff member.

If you’ve got into knitting over lockdown, perhaps this could be the perfect next venture for you?

Will you be sad to see any of these businesses go? Let us know in the comments.