Vacant Abingdon town centre shops halved in 12 months

As the number of vacant and available units in Abingdon town centre reached fourteen, Vale of White Horse District Council created a scheme aimed to help improve the town centre by reducing the number of empty units and supporting existing retailers.

The council worked with the property owners and local businesses to match suitable locations with retailers looking to move into the area.

The scheme was a success, resulting in eight vacant units being occupied. One of the businesses, Oxford Etsy, opened a pop-up shop in Bury Street between November and December 2017.

Helping businesses

As part of the project, the council also funded a Google My Business pilot for nine existing Abingdon retailers.

A Google expert visited each business owner to teach them how to market their own shop for free on Google.

Mike Murray, Cabinet member at the council, said:

“The project has been a great success in reducing the empty units and quite literally put nine existing businesses ‘on the Google map’. This project is just one of the many activities we do each year to support organisations of all sizes based in our district.”


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