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Former photography shop in Oxford set to be ‘posh’ off-licence
A PHOTOGRAPHY shop which closed with customers claiming it had taken money but not supplied goods is set to be replaced with an upmarket “liquid deli”.
In May Trading Standards dropped an investigation into photography firm Blue Amigo, in Little Clarendon Street, after some customers complained that the company did not fulfill orders.
Now upmarket firm Demijohn – which describes itself as the world’s first “liquid deli” – has submitted a licensing application to Oxford City Council to open in the premises.
The Scottish firm describes itself as a “booze lovers paradise” and sells a range of liqueurs such as raspberry vodka and chocolate orange cream, as well as olive oils and vinegars.
The company already has shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow and York.
Rose Gregory, of Demijohn, said: “We are a liquid deli. You can pick a bottle and fill it up with whatever you want.
“We are looking to expand somewhere and we couldn’t open in London because it is too big. We use small producers so we wouldn’t be able to keep up with demand.
“We looked at other places like Brighton but the owner decided to open in Oxford.”
She said the company was hoping to open in the unit, which is owned by Somerville College, on Saturday, September 14.
Demijohn – which is named after a type of bottle – was founded in Edinburgh in 2004 by Angus and Frances Ferguson.
Clark Gu, the owner of Moshi restaurant in Little Clarendon Street, said: “I think it is quite good that there is not going to be an empty shop there.
“I don’t know whether a liquid deli will be a good thing for Little Clarendon Street.”
Photography print company Blue Amigo closed its doors in January.
Since then its unit has been empty and on the market.
In April it notified the London Gazette and filed with Companies House to be taken off its list.
Oxfordshire County Council’s trading standards team launched an investigation but this was dropped because there was “no intelligence” to suggest the company was still trading or where the people behind the business now are.
A decision to give the unit a premises licence will be made by Oxford City Council at a date yet to be set.
Somerville College declined to comment because the lease has yet to be signed.
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