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Smith and Low still motoring along

Cowley has been a centre for British car making for more than 100 years and Smith & Low’s links with the huge local factory go back more than 70 years.

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WITH A LAUGH, Mark Smith admits that his family business’ 70th anniversary last year passed by without much celebration. “The fact that we are still going strong is celebration enough,” he explains from the Aladdin’s Cave that is Smith & Low.

 Occupying most of three adjacent properties in a residential street with the romantically-sounding name of Hollow Way, this crammed store with its 30,000-plus lines covers a huge range of categories from TV aerials to locks to domestic appliance spares, but its underlying strength in car batteries and cycle parts points to its long links with the Cowley car factory that is the major employer for miles around.
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