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Proposals to transform Boswells department store into boutique hotel unveiled

The 282-year-old iconic Boswells site, which closed in November 2019, could receive a new breath of life as a 4-star boutique hotel.

Reef Group & Oxford City Council have unveiled plans to convert Oxford’s 282-year-old department store into a new hotel which will include co-work facilities, a restaurant, a bar and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city’s iconic skyline, all open to the public.

The public are invited to a live consultation to discuss plans for ‘The Store Hotel’ on 22 July 2020 at 5pm (details below).

Cllr Ed Turner, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council says:

“Boswells was a landmark institution in Oxford, and I was very sorry to see it close. The building it occupied is historic, with a complex footprint that is not easy to repurpose for other retail use. Therefore, the Council is working with partners to transform the space into a hotel – potentially including some public areas – using an approach that appropriately respects the heritage of the building. It is early days, but we think seeing this happen would be a real vote of confidence in Oxford City Centre and give our tourism sector a much-needed shot in the arm.”

The developers, Reef Group, will be submitting a planning application for The Store Hotel to Oxford City Council later this year and will be hosting a live public consultation to allow local residents and businesses to provide their feedback on the plans and to see more details on The Store Hotel and ask questions of the project team. People who cannot access the webinar will be given the opportunity to receive additional information and speak directly to individuals working across the scheme.

Will Rohleder at Reef Group says:

“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. We look forward to working with Oxford City Council and the wider local community to bring forward a scheme which provides excellent new facilities while respecting the site’s heritage.”

Further details on the proposed hotel and how to take part in the consultation and webinar can be found on The Store Hotel’s website.

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