The Aberafan Shopping Centre, then and now.

The Aberafan Shopping Centre has been a focal point for the people of Port Talbot for nearly five decades.

The construction of the M4 in the 1960s paved the way for the Aberafan Shopping Centre. To make way for the M4, over 200 houses and three chapels in Port Talbot had to be demolished.

Between 1971 and 1976, most of the old Aberavon town was demolished to make way for the shopping centre. Despite being a new addition to the historic area of Port Talbot, the Aberafan Shopping Centre quickly cemented itself as a favourite destination amongst locals.

Now, the Aberafan Shopping Centre plays a central role in the lives of families in and around Port Talbot. It hosts 68 shops including Wilko, Boots, Argos, B&M Bargains, and JD Sports. Alongside these well-known brands, the Aberafan Shopping Centre also hosts cafes, the central library for Port Talbot, kiosks, and lots of independent shops.

The approximate weekly footfall for the shopping centre is around 115,000, which rises dramatically during the summer. Residents of Swansea, Bridgend, Porthcawl, and Llanelli frequent the centre, and its popularity has led to a number of improvements.

The Aberafan Shopping Centre has won several national awards for providing a safe and secure environment for visitors, tenants, and members of staff. These include 3 consecutive wins at the British Security Awards (BSIA) for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The shopping centre is extremely user friendly and is accessible for all members of the community. To accommodate its high footfall, there is a multi-storey car park above the centre with over 650 car parking spaces.

Disabled parking is available for members of the shopmobility scheme, and there is also disabled access in the form of ramps to all entrances, as well as a lift service to the first floor.

The shopping centre has inclusive facilities which can be used by all. These include disabled toilets, which are located on the first floor and the ground floor. There are also improved parent and toddler facilities, which are part of the above toilet facilities. (Facilities are closed at the moment due to the coronavirus)

The Aberafan Shopping Centre has come a long way since it was built in the 1970s – but while its looks have changed, it has held on to its loyal customer base and cemented itself as a favourite household destination with a great sense of community.

Multi-Storey Car Park

Multi-storey car park
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