A department store in Oxford that closed in April is to be given a new lease of life as a four-star boutique hotel after plans were announced.
The family-run department store Boswell’s, on the corner of Cornmarket Street and Broad Street, announced it was to close in November, after trading since 1978.
Now plans have been put forward to transform the building into a new hotel and restaurant under a new partnership between developer Reef Group and Oxford City Council.
An official proposal for the development of The Store Hotel will be submitted to the council later this year, as Reef Group claimed that Oxford lacked a selection of high-quality hotels and restaurants.
Alongside the bedrooms, the new hotel would include a restaurant, bar and rooftop terrace.
Will Rohleder at Reef Group, added: “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.”