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End of the road for newsagents?

Proprietors of News & Things, Veronica and Bill Jones, have announced their intention to close the shop and cafe.

A letter delivered to newspaper delivery customers reads:

"We have applied to West Oxfordshire District Council Planning department for change of use for News & Things shop and cafe to residential.

"This will not affect your newspaper and magazine deliveries, which will continue unaffected whatever the outcome.

"Since the Co-op moved from Sheep Street to the Spendlove Centre, our footfall (the number of people visiting the shop) has fallen by about 40% and our 'over the counter' sales have dropped by nearly 30%. As a result the business is no longer viable.

"It is therefore with great regret that we have been forced to make this application. However, we would like to reiterate that deliveries will be unaffected regardless of the planning department's decision."

You can view the application by going to the West Oxfordshire planning site and searching for application 07/1008/P/FP.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 15 Jun 2007, 14:22 · Link

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