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The Oracle is a large indoor shopping and leisure mall located on the banks of the River Kennet in central Reading, UK. It takes its name from a seventeenth century workhouse that once occupied part of the site built by funds from a local man John Kendrick.

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The centre contains 90 shops, including department stores from the Debenhams and House of Fraser chains. A third and larger department store, John Lewis, is adjacent to the Minster Street entrance to the mall (although this is not part of the centre itself). There are also 22 restaurants, cafes and bars along the riverside of the Kennet, and a 10 screen Vue cinema.

Although now well-respected and appreciated by local residents, the Oracle caused local controversy when first opened. The landlords of the Oracle refused flatly to sell any lots to local independent firms, even if they could afford the asking price, citing image devaluation and walk-through trade. It was also claimed that the local government sold large sections of the available retail space in the town to Wetherspoons and other pub chains, to force retailers into the Oracle and ensure it was filled. No absolute evidence of this was produced.

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Currys PC World in Reading reopen from today for an order & collect service

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The Reading Gate branch of Currys PC World will be operating an order and collect service from today.

It is part of a second phase of stores to reopen across the country which were originally closed due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Mark Allsop, from Dixons Carphone, said: “On May 22 we opened 20 stores to operate a zero-contact order and collect service, this has gone extremely well and we are pleased to announce that we will be extending the service to 32 further stores nationwide as of today.

More details on order and collect, and a full store list can be found here.

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The Oracle to reopen | 15th June

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The Oracle shopping centre in Reading has announced that it will reopen on 15 June, in line with the latest government guidance.

A range of measures to keep everyone safe have been introduced. These include:

• Introduction of a one-way system
• Extra cleaning
• Live monitoring of footfall to ensure there aren’t too many people in the centre at any one time
• Introduction of queuing when required
• Installation of fixed hand sanitiser stations
• All customer-facing workers to wear protective clothing
• Contactless payment where possible
• Social distancing reminders on signs

The Oracle’s car parks will also be open, though restaurants will remain as takeaway outlets only until further notice.

Oracle general manager Andy Briggs said: “We can’t wait to reopen, and to welcome back our customers.

We ask that people be patient with us though, as the way we shop is going to be different for a while, and visits might take longer than usual.

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IBIS Furniture and Carpets

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IBIS FURNITURE AND CARPETS opened in 2012 on the busy Oxford Road, primarily as a flooring specialist. Within a few short months we expanded into furniture products. They aimed to offer the best competitive price only within Reading, but our reputation has spread further than we expected and now deliver and fit in much of the Berkshire, Thames Valley, London and Buckinghamshire areas.

They are an independent family run business, and guarantee to provide a personal service. they do not believe in high pressure selling, this is not what we are about; they aim to simply offer the right help and knowledge to suit your needs

With a great team of carpet fitters and deliverymen, who are motivated to provide high-end fittings within an efficient turn around.

They do FREE quotes, measurements, fittings and delivery (subject to conditions). Simply call them on 0118 950 8425, or visit them in store at 352-354 Oxford Road, RG30 1AQ.

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