Banbury town centre buzzing as Lock29 opens
Traders report a busy start to the Bank Holiday weekend as old BHS area of Castle Quay springs back into life
As Lock29 opened its doors for the first time many Banbury traders reported a busy start to the Bank Holiday weekend with people flocking into the town centre.
One Church Lane shop told Banbury FM that business had been very busy on both Friday and Saturday. As people started the final bank holiday weekend before autumn, in Banbury Market some traders closed early having sold out of stock.
On Saturday in the Castle Quay Shopping Centre business was brisk as people headed to the newly opened Lock29 area, which occupies the old BHS area of the centre. The new venture was opened by Cotswold farmer and television presenter Adam Henson who officially cut the ribbon at 10am. Mr Henson was joined by Councillor Tony Ilott from Cherwell District Council and Matthew Rymer, CEO and founder of Happerley – the company behind Lock29.
Lock29 is named after the lock on the canal next to the site. The Lock29 area contains areas for traders selling items such as meats, cheeses, pies, fudges, wines and fruit and vegetables. Hot food and drink is also available with places for people to sit and eat. Lock29 note the area offers more as well. They say, “In addition to the venue featuring diverse and exciting food and drink artisans, there will be a casual pop-up cinema for secret cinema clubs and educational activities, space for events which will be open to the whole community and an edgy independent retail offering which binds it all together”.
Lock29 is open daily from 10am to 9pm.
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam