Green light for Oxford retail store conversion

UK: Plans have been approved by Oxford council officials for a four-star hotel and restaurant conversion of the former Boswell department store on the corner of Cornmarket Street and Broad Street.

The building, which closed in April 2020, will be converted into a 101-room hotel by developer Reef Group. It will feature a basement gym, restaurant and bar, as well as a rooftop terrace.

Reef Group submitted plans for the redevelopment in July last year. Official approval of the project was granted earlier this week by Oxford City Council’s west area planning committee.

Will Rohleder at Reef Group said: “This project is an exciting opportunity for a new boutique hotel in Oxford City Centre which will benefit both local residents and the wider Oxford economy.”

The original property was the largest family run department store in Britain, and had been continually operating under the same family since 1738. 

You can find out more about the project, dubbed The Store Hotel, here.

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