Shopping Centres in Wales

Cardiff is one of the UK's top shopping destinations. Although not as developed as Wales' largest city, Swansea and Newport are also emerging as competitive retail hubs thanks to recent and planned investments in the development of new shopping centres.

Shopping Centres in Cardiff

Cardiff is one of the top shopping destinations in Britain. At the heart of the Welsh capital's city centre is St David's, the country's largest fashion destination. St David's is home to the best high street names, including H&M, John Lewis, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Boots, Cult, Oasis, and others. The shopping centre also boasts several designer stores, including the first stand-alone Welsh stores for Hugo Boss, Kurt Geiger and Reiss. Spread over nine floors, St David's offers shoppers more than 200 stores, restaurants and services and 2,550 parking spots. Originally opened in 1982, St David's underwent an extensive £675 million redevelopment project began that ended in 2009. One of St David's most striking features is the 240-metre long Grand Arcade, which runs the length of the shopping centre. In addition to the shopping centre, St David's includes more than 300 apartments, a library building and public art installations.

Cardiff city centre is also home to several smaller shopping destinations. Opened in 1990, the Capitol Centre sits on the eastern end of Queen Street and close to the Queen Street Railway Station in Cardiff. The shopping centre focuses mainly on women's fashions. With more than 30 stores and services, tenants include H&M, Jaeger, Dune, Eden Park and Austin Reed. It also houses Premiere Cinemas and a Tesco outlet. In 1999, a £10 million redevelopment project improved pedestrian areas and entrances to the Capitol Centre. Build in 1984, the design of the Queens Arcade is inspired by nineteenth-century arcades throughout Cardiff. Covering 9,638 square metres or 100,000 square feet, the shopping centre is situated on Queen Street and includes more than 40 big name and independent shops.

Shopping Centres in South Wales

Elsewhere in South Wales, the Quadrant Shopping Centre is Swansea's top retail destination. It opened its doors in 1979 and is owned by the City and County of Swansea. The Quadrant has a total floorspace of 41,000 square metres or 440,000 square feet. Featuring a glass roof and a square atrium at its centre, the site houses more than 30 shops and services. It is anchored by Boots, Debenhams and W.H. Smith. The Quadrant is located in Swansea's city centre, close to Swansea Market and adjacent to the Swansea Bus Station. Plans to redevelop Swansea's city centre include the demolition of car park at the shopping centre and the neighbouring St David's Shopping Centre to expand the Quadrant.

The Cambrian Centre in Newport is a small shopping centre with a number of outlets, including Somerfield and Wetherpoon's. As part of Newport's £2 billion plan to redevelop its city centre, the Cambrian Centre has been redeveloped into a mixed-used landmark with office and retail space. Nearby is the Kingsway Shopping Centre, which also underwent refurbishment in 2009. Kingsway is the city centre's main shopping centre and has a retail floorspace of 290,000 square feet or 26,940 square metres. It is located next to Friars Walk, Newport's newest shopping centre. Covering 390,000 square feet or 36,230 square metres with retail and leisure spaces, Friars Walk includes an eight-screen cinema and a modern bus station.

North of Newport is the sprawling Cwmbran Shopping Centre in Cwmbran. The shopping centre was developed as part of a New Town master plan that included surrounding residential areas and the town centre. Opened in 1959, it is the second largest shopping centre in Wales. Cwmbran Shopping Centre is largely covered, although it includes open spaces and over 3,000 free car parking spaces serving its over 170 stores. Cwmbran's main bus station and railway station are also located nearby. Other major shopping centres in South Wales include the 259,000 square foot, 24,100 square metre Aberafan Centre in Port Talbot.

Shopping Centres in North Wales

Eagles Meadow in Wrexham is the largest shopping centre in North Wales. It first opened in 2008 following a £100 million pound redevelopment project that introduced new landmark buildings and urban plazas, including an area styled after Rome's Spanish Steps. Eagles Meadow features more than 60 stores and services, including anchor tenants are M&S and Debenhams. Other major shops include H&M, Poundworld, SportsDirect.com, Burtons, Boots, and JD Sports. The site of the shopping centre was once used for local gentry stables, and during the Second World War it was used by the U.S. Army's 83rd Infantry Division. Today, the shopping centre covers an area of 28,400 square metres or 306,000 square feet.