Looking back at the early days of Westgate and Clarendon Centre shops

It reopened in 2017 followed a multi-million pound revamp. The Clarendon Centre off Cornmarket opened in 1984. Here we look back at some photos of the early days.

In 1972 the £1.8m Westgate Shopping Centre opened with a large Selfridges and a Sainsbury’s.

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But plans to revamp it took many years and included many false starts.

In 1999, artists’ impressions of Capital Shopping Centres’ £220m revamped mall were unveiled.

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In 2000, Oxford City Council approved the Westgate extension application but Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott threw out the plans.

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The decision was overturned but CSC withdrew its application and in 2006 submitted fresh plans for the £300m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre.

In 2010, CSC sold the Westgate Centre to the Crown Estate and Land Securities, which forms a consortium named Westgate Oxford Alliance.

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In 2013, Westgate Oxford Alliance signed a development agreement with Oxford City Council and in 2014 plans for the £440m revamp of the centre are approved and it opened in October 2017, with 100 new shops and restaurants, a cinema and rooftop terrace.

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A multi-million pound revamp of the Clarendon Centre has been announced by Lothbury Investment Management.

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