Westgate Oxford announces 24th October 2017 opening date

The Westgate Oxford Alliance has revealed that the much anticipated £440 million Westgate Oxford development will open its doors to the public on 24th October 2017.

The launch date, in less than nine months’ time, will ensure that retailers benefit from the Christmas trading period, and that visiting shoppers will have the opportunity to experience exceptional fashion and food brands, all just an hour from London.

The new 800,000 sq. ft. (74,300 sq. m) Westgate Oxford currently stands at over 70% pre-let and in solicitor’s hands following the recent announcement of new high street and premium retailers, including: Mint Velvet, Smashbox, Gant, Hotel Chocolat, Smiggle, Guess, Body Shop, T2, Trotters, Accessorize, Lush and Aveda. These high street favourites will sit alongside a 140,000 sq. ft. John Lewis flagship store and a host of best of British and international names such as Hugo Boss, Jo Malone, Ted Baker, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, & Other Stories, Mac, Joules and Victoria’s Secret Pink.

While visitors to the new Westgate Oxford will have the chance to experience a fantastic retail line up, they will also be able to indulge in a vibrant leisure offer.

From a carefully curated food experience, set to include foodie favourites such as Dirty Bones, Pho, Polpo, Pizza Pilgrims, Cinnamon Kitchen, The Breakfast Club, The Alchemist and Sticks’n’Sushi, to the city’s first public roof garden where unique cocktail creations and a variety of culinary names will set the scene for spectacular views of the city’s famous dreaming spires and rolling Oxfordshire countryside – Westgate Oxford will be a captivating destination for friends and families of all ages to come together.

Located in the heart of Oxford city centre, investment in Westgate Oxford will see the west end of the city undergo a complete transformation, the result of which will see more than 100 new stores, 25 restaurants and cafes and a wealth of new public spaces blend seamlessly to create an exciting addition to any day out in the historic city.

Bert Martin, Development Director for the Westgate Oxford Alliance said: “Westgate Oxford is one of the largest and most highly anticipated retail and leisure destinations of 2017 and so we’re excited to announce that we’ll be opening its doors to the public on 24th October. Visitors to Westgate can expect a first-class line-up of retail, food and leisure brands that will further cement Oxford as one of the most attractive cities in the country to spend time in.”

Tim Harrison, Director of Store Development for John Lewis said: “Oxford has long been a sought after location for us so we’re really excited to see the scheme becoming a reality and becoming part of this great city.”

Councillor Bob Price of the Oxford City Council said: “The opening of Westgate Oxford is another landmark moment in the transformation of Oxford city centre. It will create more than 3,000 jobs and training opportunities for people living in and around the city. The opening in October comes at a good time for shoppers and for the retailers in the run up to Christmas, and we expect the new centre to have benefits for the rest of the city centre by attracting people from across the region and further afield. As well as shopping in an exciting and attractive environment, visitors will be able to enjoy the huge range of outstanding cultural and entertainment venues around the city centre, including the new Curzon cinema in the Westgate Centre and a programme of entertainment in the new square outside the John Lewis store.”

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