We know shoppers and visitors are very keen to get back to Swansea city centre – and Swansea BID area businesses are looking forward to welcoming them back, too. The news that restrictions are lifting for non-essential retailers on April 12, and for our outdoor hospitality and attractions from April 26, as long as infections rates remain stable, is music to our ears. Here are 10 good reasons to encourage shoppers and visitors to return to Swansea city centre when they are able to:
The businesses are looking snazzier than ever
A host of eye-catching business refurbishments has been going ahead in the shops clubs, restaurants and venues that consumers know and love. Bambu, The Perch, The Greek Acropolis, Gamers’ Emporium, Hangar 18, Social Bean, Copper Bar and many more have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds to roll out the red carpet for returning visitors.
Great parking offers
Some great parking initiatives are in place, with parking in all Swansea Council-run car parks costing just £1 for one hour and £2 all day from 9.30am – and free on Sundays. Swansea BID has also negotiated some great parking offers for the businesses to make life easier for city centre staff, so firms can run smoothly.
New businesses to discover
Those who haven’t visited the city centre for a while are in for a treat. New businesses have been opening throughout Swansea city centre, keen to be part of the next chapter in Swansea’s story, including Taco Bell, Mazza Treatz, Lotus Nails, T’s Nails, Glamdesire Spa, Tangled Parrot, Positano Express and others. The new tapas and ball pit centre on High Street, too, which will be ready to welcome visitors soon.
See the new-look city centre emerging first-hand
Swansea is going through a £1bn renaissance at the moment with the Copr Bay Development taking shape swiftly. Swansea people will have read all about the new arena and the golden bridge spanning Oystermouth Road. There is also work going on apace on The Kingsway, in St David’s Square and thorough the city centre. Once visitors see it with their own eyes it is clear that Swansea city centre has a bright future ahead, with genuine investment being made to create a smart balance of retail, residential hospitality and more that will help secure a bright future for the city centre.
Wind Street Will Be More Family-Friendly
Plans to make Wind Street more family-friendly are a step closer, with this popular spot due to get a transformation so more businesses can trade outdoors, creating a different atmosphere. Revolution is already making plans to create a cafe, bakery and exhibition space under its roof.
Giving our Favourite Businesses a thank you Cwtch
Countless Swansea city centre business have been working around the clock to keep us all supplied with food, entertainment, treats and welcome deliveries to get us through lockdown. Billy Upton, Valley Mill, BooBo Tea, The Foodie Room, Gower Butcher and all of our supermarkets have pulled out the stops. What would we have done without them?
A proper sit-down meal
Our restaurants and takeaways have kept us well-fed during lockdown, but there’s nothing like dressing up (remember that?) and heading out to eat with friends or a loved one. We’re sure diners have started hallucinating about Belle Vue Bristo’s pizzas, a steak in La Braseria or at Steak on The Kings, a Five Guys burger and shake, a curry at Panshee, and tapas at Zinco Lounge. Remember – the lifting of the hospitality restrictions on April 26 is for outdoor only.
Making plans again
One of the things that people have found hard about the pandemic is not being able to make plans – for a holiday, a weekend away, a night out – even weddings have been put on the back-burner. Once businesses open up again they can start to plot future events back into the calendar, and check in with Hangar 18, The Bunkhouse, No Sign and other venues for their planned gigs and events. They can also drop by at Chic & Elegant, Allison Jayne or Wed2B if you have a big day to arrange. Even if we can’t start filling our diaries properly until 2022, just having something to look forward to helps doesn’t it?
Let’s smarten up
Most of us have adopted lounge-wear, or daytime pjs while working from home – and the children are growing out of their shoes, aren’t they? It will be great for shoppers to be able to get back to the city centre to refresh their look a little thanks to Slaters Menswear, Primark, Marks and Spencer and more.
Swansea city centre is safe
We know all of our city centre businesses are taking a responsible and safety-first approach to the ongoing Covid issue, they have safety remeasures in place and embedded in their operations and they continue to work hard to make sure visitors feel safe and reassured. Let’s all get back and enjoy our city centre with confidence.
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