Banbury residents enjoyed the sunshine on Saturday as they turned out for the opening of the town’s new Countrywide store.
Town mayor Tony Mepham also attended the day, with the ribbon being cut by representatives from Countrywide’s chosen charity Dogs for the Disabled.
The store on the Banbury Cross Retail Park opens seven days a week and has created 15 new jobs.
Speaking at the opening, John Hardman, CEO of Countrywide Farmers plc. said: “The grand opening of our new Banbury store was fantastic - with so many people turning up to show their support and take a look at what we had to offer the local area.
“We’re proud to be able to offer an extensive range of products which help make country life better, from dog walking and horse riding to keeping chickens, gardening and country clothing.”
Vistors to the opening had also been invited to bring their dogs along for free health checks, delivered by the animal charity PDSA, and there was also free face painting, refreshments and a spin the wheel game.
Countrywide’s new pet and equestrian specialists were also on hand to give customers expert advice on feed, nutrition and general animal health.
Councillor Mepham added: “This new store is a sign of excellent things to come in Banbury and is testament to the thriving community and local economy. It’s absolutely fantastic to welcome a brand as big as Countrywide to the town and I’ve no doubt that the store will be a big hit with the local residents.
“What’s really great about Countrywide is that the fact the retailer specialises in products for country life and outdoor living; in an age where everyone is so bogged down by technology, I’m certainly hoping that more people embrace this lifestyle and get out in the open.”
The store is open from 8am-6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Visit www.countrywidefarmers.co.uk