Multi Million Pound Westgate Centre Opens
24 October 2017, 16:46
440 million pounds has been spent on the shopping centre re-development and it was the grand opening today.
Thousands of people have visited Westgate Shopping Centre on its first day of trading.
The doors were opened this morning as the finishing touches were still being made to the centre.
These people are thrilled it is finally open and hope it will be a huge boost to Oxford.
60 shops bars and restaurants will be open from today, but more will open by Christmas with around 200 brands expected to be available.
It's also got a 5 screen cinema and a rooftop bar.
Here is the view from the terrace:
More than 3000 full-time equivalent jobs have been created for the city.
Russel & Bromley
Victoria's Secret Pink
Sticks n Sushi
Tommi's Burger Joint
The Breakfast Club
& Other Stories
H & M
Burrows & Hare
Burrows & Hare
Salt n Sauce
One of the biggest stores is John Lewis, which had a bit of a ribbon cutting count down when it opened, there was a queue outside most of the shops ready for trading at 10am.
Visitors were welcomed with a performance, which was based on the world of Alice in Wonderland.
The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter and of course Alice were spotted around the shopping centre.
Here's a taster of the main performance.
Westgate is aiming to be a sustainable centre, there has been major improvement to five Park & Rides around the city wand 11 new bus routes. There's also 1000 new cycle spaces.
Monday - Friday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 9pm - 8pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Cinema, restaurants, bars and cafes open until late.