Cowley Road retail continues to outperform in early 2024

Photo of Dosa Darlings restaurant in Cowley Road, with a full cycle rack in front, pedestrians, and two people cycling past.

Our updated survey of shops on Cowley Road in Oxford shows shows the street continues to outperform the nation in retail vacancies, with more shops and restaurants open on Cowley Road since last year, contrasting with increasing closures across the UK. On Cowley Road, we found that Central Bar and Restaurant, Spring Tea and Dosa […]

Cowley Road retail shows its resilience in difficult times

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No-one likes a high street with empty stores. The ‘vacancy rate’, the percentage of shops that are empty, or not open for business, is a standard indicator of retail health. In November 2018, Cowley Road had 12 retail vacancies. CoHSAT used Google StreetView and street surveys to find that in July 2023 there were 11 […]

Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone

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Oxford Council has reached another milestone in the journey to zero carbon emissions – yesterday they published updated proposals for the Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ). This includes a charging zone, which will see drivers of polluting vehicles charged up to £20 a day to enter the zone. The proposed Red Zone marks the next step towards cleaner air in Oxford, …