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Open arms or up in arms, residents of Oxford face a rapidly changing retail landscape. The revamped Westgate centre, due to open inwill include a three-storey John Lewis, 70 new shops, a cinema and an underground car park. Work has already begun on thesq ft Westgate development, seen here as an artist's impression from Queen Street. When people find out Oxford is about to get its very own John Lewis Cornmarket street shopping centre, they tend to be thrilled, but also a bit bemused.

We Oxford residents have long been resigned to having to go Cornmarket street shopping centre London if we want to visit the likes of John Lewis or Ikea. Many would say this is all well and good. The site of the Westgate, looking down Castle Street in the s.

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Instead, endless quaint and Cornmarket street shopping centre downright bizarre shops have flourished. But like it or not, change is coming. The rival Clarendon Centrewhich once looked so modern, must be a bit scared. John Lewis will be the largest shop in the complex, which is due to be completed in the autumn next year. A new Reading superstore is opening this summer. Last year, we got our first big Waitroseon the Botley Road.

But there was often something not quite right about them and they were doomed from the outset.

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Remember the huge Co-op supermarket that used to sit halfway up Cornmarket — the one with the funny basement? It was always virtually empty.

Giles, with your equally funny basement, take note — you, too, are probably doomed. An artist's view of one of the new shopping arcades. The snazzy brands sit awkwardly among the dreaming spires; the University and its history frighten them off somehow.

Not for us vast malls like Westfield, the Bullring or Bluewater. The fascinating site Oxfordhistory. It notes that while Cornmarket was dominated by shoe shops in the s, now it is overrun by mobile phone shops. The only Cornmarket stores that have stayed in place from to the present are Boots, W. When the Cornmarket street shopping centre originally opened init was as anticipated as the new Westgate is today.

It even had a Selfridges. But look how the Westgate ended up — a gloomy hall filled with discount and random shops. It remained out of use, cordoned off, for decades, while the Westgate car park became an eyesore. And now, suddenly, with the new Westgate, it seems Cornmarket street shopping centre finally we are getting our very own Oxford-sized version of Westfield.

When John Lewis says: Are we really going to be on some sort of shopping map?

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Shopping at Bonners fruit stall in the ever-popular Covered Market. With rising property prices and affectation piled upon gentrification, shopping streets like North Parade have become caricatures of their former selves.

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In the s, North Parade had a post office, a hardware shop, Victoria Wine, a launderette and an Italian restaurant. It was a useful little shopping parade. Today, these shops have long gone —and the street is Cornmarket street shopping centre to a twee deli that sells selected artisanal frou-frous, but never anything you actually need.

Then again, Boswells has survived so long already, one suspects it will still be here in another few centuries, gazing on the ruins of the Westgate Centre. Blackwell's book shop on Broad Street. Walters of Oxford — university apparel — more than years old.

Maison Blanc — patisserie - since Browns — restaurant - since the s.

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Next to Nothing - clothes. No mention of Paradise or the first Indian restaurants - which served the cheapest meals in town. Nearly all the albums were displayed on racks where you didn't need to leaf through them, just slowly wander along gazing at the sleeves. Only when I moved into a career in retailing did I realise what a poor use of space this was - no wonder it didn't survive. Another Cornmarket street shopping centre that was there when I was up in the s and is now a "went" is the Wimpy that was on St Giles.

An archaeologist, equipped with the latest technology, would now have difficulty finding the place.

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Many towns in the UK have seen themselves "redeveloped", with their old individual shops replaced by branches of chain stores. It looks as though the Westgate area, already similarly affected, is taking a further step in that direction.