Banbury Business Improvement District (BID) has taken over three empty windows in the town centre as part of its work to improve the look of vacant units while efforts continue to get them let.
Interim Manager for Banbury BID, Iain Nicholson, said: “One of the brilliant features of our town centre is the talent for window dressing among our businesses and organisations, so what better way to improve the look of vacant units than to work together to highlight what’s on offer here.
“Improving the look of empty units while work continues to get them let is a priority in our BID business plan, and we will continue to work with landlords and agents to secure permission for us to run projects like this.”
The three windows include a building on the High Street, which used to be Clinkards, the righthand side of another there that used to be Moss Bros, and the unit previously occupied by Watermans on Parsons Street before they moved next door.
Commenting on the initiative, Chris White from White Commercial, agents for the former Clinkards unit on High Street, said: “White Commercial were pleased to be asked by Banbury Improvement District – in a joint approach – to assist in the marketing of various retail units in our town centre, providing opportunities to attract new retailing specialists and outlets to complement Banbury’s current retail and leisure offer. We have already seen an increase in interest for this premises – which is great news – since the BID have been involve.”
Neil Wild from Wild Property added: “As commercial agents we have the opportunity to play our part to facilitate the meanwhile use of empty shop fronts, helping the town look as good as it can whilst the re-letting or selling process takes its course.”