Town team helps new retailer set up shop in Banbury

Men's retailer Union has opened its doors in Banbury's High Street. NNL-150730-111036001
Men's retailer Union has opened its doors in Banbury's High Street. NNL-150730-111036001

A new independent men’s fashion retailer has opened its doors in Banbury’s High Street in a move helped by Banbury’s town team co-ordinators.

Richard Singlehurst of Union bought the freehold to 78 High Street about two weeks ago after meeting Neil Wild and Iain Nicholson who shown him round a number of then available empty units in the town centre.

Neil Wild, left and Iain Nicholson in the then empty unit in the High Street where Union is now based. NNL-151003-124000009

Neil Wild, left and Iain Nicholson in the then empty unit in the High Street where Union is now based. NNL-151003-124000009

After identifying the unit, formerly Chalkey’s Records and then Graded, Mr Singlehurst was introduced to the property owner and their agent and opened a menswear and denim clothing shop on the ground floor, with the aim of coverting the vacant upper floors into residential units.

He said: “After spending time looking at towns within a certain radius to my existing store, it was clear that Banbury had the capacity for an additional quality menswear shop. Getting the correct location in the town is absolutely key and I found the town co-ordinators knowledge of the local area invaluable.

“Since opening I’ve been encouraged by the early signs and I’m confident that trade will increase over the coming months.”

Union already has stores in Wellingborough and Huntington.