Cooperative proliferation

The Coop will occupy two of the three shop units on the left
The Coop will occupy two of the three shop units on the left

Posted - December 04, 2011

Another Coop for Walton Street

The redevelopment at Walton Street and Little Clarendon Street is going to include in two of the Walton Street units a new supermarket. Not, as some had feared, a Tesco but another Coop. Two in the same street?

The Coop says “We have traded in Jericho for many years with a busy convenience store. Our intention is to widen the offer to our customers and members and provide additional facilities for local people as well as creating job opportunities for people in the area.”

Coop in Walton StreetJericho already has a Coop in Walton Street

The Walton Street Coop is certainly popular and has very helpful staff. But it is also the most expensive in Oxford. Not only does it charge 20% more for milk and eggs than Tesco or Sainsbury, it is also 5% more expensive on most items than even the Coop in Summertown. In the new store presumably the prices will be equally high. Why are we being charged more? A spokesperson for the Midcounties Co-operative responded: “Our pricing team continually review the prices offered by other retailers so as to provide competitive prices across a range of standard shopping.”

Did you know?

About the church bells?

Originally the Church only had the single ‘Barney’s Bell’. In 1890, when the clock was installed, it was decided to add a set of tubular bells to ring the chimes and the hour strike, as well as a tune or ‘carillon’. The are driven by an elaborate mechanical contraption.

Where the community centre came from?

The centre was built at the end of the 19th century as the Church Institute for St. Barnabas.