As many of you may already know, Chipping Norton’s Beales shop, along with all the remaining stores, is now definitely closing – after there had been hopes of keeping some of the stores open. In mid-February KPMG, administrators of the stricken company, said they had failed to find a buyer for the shops. Stock liquidation and ‘closing down’ sales started which would take ‘about eight weeks’.
Beales – founded way back in 1881, had taken over what had been the Anglia Co-op store in Chipping Norton several years ago.
Local attention now turns to what can be done with the empty space – which is owned, along with the whole arcade and building, by the Midcounties Co-op, who run the supermarket, pharmacy, travel agent, and funeral directors in town. Midcounties may well want to get the valuable and accessible space occupied, perhaps as more than one shop, as soon as possible – to keep up the use of the units and encourage footfall to their other shops. More news is awaited.
There’s all the latest news – but as we write this, we hear that Beales is now closing all its stores in eight weeks – including ours in Chipping Norton. So it will be up to the Co-op landlords to see what they can do to fill the empty space – and maybe boost the Town Centre at the same time!
Still only 50p and available at outlets around town.
After our traditional post-Christmas break, the Chippy News is back in the shops!
- Team Anna latest.
- What’s happening to our Town Centre? Shops and parking.
- Council tax and Town Council updates.
- Housing happenings – Tank Farm and Banbury Road.
More stories and all the other local news, including sports, clubs and schools, in the shops for only 50p.
Please nominate someone you believe is worthy of winning a Town Sports Award – the deadline is 7th February, not far away!
The nomination form is available from the Town Council Website.
New this year is the splitting of the Olympic Legacy into an award for Over 18’s and Under 18’s.
The Over 18 Legacy Award is for coaches and people who support sport in the Town. The Under 18 Legacy Awards are for young people who are dedicated, diligent and are team players for their sports clubs.
Good luck to everyone.
Graham Beacham – Sports Editor
Chipping Norton Town Council want your views on the best vision for Chippy’s town expansion at Tank Farm – to influence our planning authority and the landowners.
See poster (link below) to sign up for the Town Council’s December public Town Hall workshops. More detail and discussion in this month’s Chipping Norton News – out now!
Tank Farm Public workshop details
We had a lot of fun composing our Christmas edition and we hope you enjoy reading it too!
- Cheesy cracker jokes
- Fun games like Find the Robin
- Churches at Christmas
- Panto review – oh, no it isn’t!
- Holiday baking
- A huge number of events – bazaars, comedy, theatre and concerts
There’ll also be all the updates you’d expect – local issues, schools, clubs and societies. Then there’s the all-important Election Special, with candidate information for the Witney constituency.
The December edition be in the usual places from the afternoon of Monday 25th November – get in quick!