Popular cake shop’s last day of trading at Covered Market

Over the years, The Cake Shop has become a favourite with visitors to the market who love to take photos of its specially designed cakes – and buy them.

But bosses said the location was no longer the best place for them to sell their cakes and added that traffic restrictions were making it difficult for them to operate.

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It is leaving the city at the end of today’s trading after 38 years.

A spokesman for The Cake Shop said last month: “We are relocating to a larger, bright new space at 3 Mill Walk in the vibrant town of Witney with an enhanced bakery offering.

Oxford Mail: Working at The Cake Shop“Our new location will have free parking outside our front door, is easily accessible from Oxford, and will have an expanded range of fresh artisan breads, pastries and bespoke cakes available daily.”

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The Heritage Bakery, featuring a bakery and a cake shop will open at the Witney shop unit at 11.30am on Saturday, May 18.

Bosses at The Cake Shop said they had experienced “problems with access, challenges around the zero emission zone, excessive structural issues, and high levels of rent relative to footfall”.

Oxford Mail: A cake at The Cake ShopThe city council are the market landlords and in recent years have committed to spending millions of pounds upgrading the market.

Footfall in the market is up, and £6.8m is being spent on improved entrances, larger seating areas inside, and a new seating area outside in Market Street.

The ‘pedestrianisation’ of Market Street outside the market entrance, where new seating has been installed, has now been completed.

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