Published: Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Space Store is beaming down into Oxford’s historic Covered Market, with a new branch landing at Unit 118 - 120.

A satellite of Space Store’s original branch in Didcot’s Orchard Centre, the store brings the wonder of outer space to Earth, with a range of gifts and immersive experiences on sale.

Everyone can blast off on a journey through a range of cosmic merchandise, from claiming a piece of your own meteorite to gadgets, games, apparel, books and toys. You can event-explore the moon in virtual reality by booking an interactive astronaut experience.

Space Store becomes the seventh new independent business to open in the Covered Market in the last nine months, following fresh yoghurt drinks company Puggi Yoggi and sourdough pizzeria Sartorelli’s openings in March.

The store joins the Covered Market as part of 'Meanwhile in Oxfordshire', an innovative pilot scheme from Oxford City Council and Makespace Oxford to transform the use of vacant shops across Oxfordshire.

The 'Meanwhile in Oxfordshire' programme is a county-wide partnership between Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the City and District Councils, with funding from the government’s Getting Building Fund.

“We’re over-the-moon to welcome Space Store to the Covered Market. This is an exciting new addition for the market, which is fast becoming a go-to destination for shoppers looking for a unique experience of Oxford.

“Space Store gives visitors a chance to experience authentic space in a beautiful and historic setting.”

Councillor Imogen Thomas, Cabinet Member responsible for City Centre Action Plan delivery at Oxford City Council

"Where better to provide a Space experience outlet than the Covered Market in Oxford? The Covered Market is a historical and cultural centrepiece of the city, drawing tourists from around the globe.  And, Oxfordshire has been a key player in Space science and technology since the mid-1900s. It's a perfect match!"

Stephen Ringler, CEO and Founder of Space Store

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