Westgate shopping centre in Oxford has received an official opening date, having pre-let 70 per cent of the new development.
The 800,000sq ft development will open its doors to the public on October 24, aiming to catch the Christmas trading build-up.
Included in the development is a 140,000sq ft John Lewis, accompanied by 100 new retail stores. This includes numerous high-profile clothing brands seeking to transform fashion retail in the area.
“The opening of Westgate Oxford is another landmark moment in the transformation of Oxford city centre,” Oxford city councillor Bob Price said.
“It will create more than 3,000 jobs and training opportunities for people living in and around the city.
“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.”