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Wales Welcomes The First Dog Friendly Indoor Shopping Centre

Swansea’s Quadrant Shopping Centre is wagging its way into the hearts of dog lovers as it proudly proclaims itself as Wales’s first dog friendly indoor shopping haven. Get ready for a retail experience like no other, where wagging tails and playful paws are warmly welcomed.

In response to overwhelming demand, the entire shopping centre, along with eighteen of its shops, is rolling out the welcome mat for well-behaved canines and their enthusiastic companions. Recognising the vital role that furry friends play in the lives of its shoppers, Quadrant staff and retailers have joined paws to create an environment that fosters shared experiences with our furry friends right in the heart of Swansea.

Following the successful implementation of a dog friendly policy at Swansea Indoor Market over the past 18 months, this latest development brings Swansea one step closer to becoming a city that embraces our canine companions with open arms.

Lisa Hartley, the Manager of Quadrant Shopping Centre, expressed her excitement about this groundbreaking news: “We are thrilled to be Wales’s first dog friendly indoor shopping centre. Situated in the heart of Swansea, surrounded by the breathtaking coastline that attracts thousands of visitors each year, many of whom are proud dog owners eager to explore the wonders of Gower. By opening our doors to dogs, we ensure that visitors and locals no longer have to bid farewell to their beloved furry friends while indulging in a day of retail therapy.”

Over the past week, Quadrant Shopping Centre has been buzzing with the delightful presence of dogs and their happy owners. The response has been nothing short of extraordinary. Dogs truly prove to be a man’s best friend, and the surprise and joy on shoppers’ faces as they encounter their canine counterparts during their shopping adventures have been priceless.

Geraint Jones, a dog owner from Uplands, shared his enthusiasm about the news: “This is incredibly exciting for my family. Now we can truly make a day of it in Swansea without worrying about leaving our faithful companion at home. With so many fantastic dog friendly restaurants already in Swansea, this development enables us to fully embrace our city. We can shop, dine, and explore the city center and coastline alongside our lovable Cavapoo, Annie.”

What shops are dog friendly?

Eighteen shops within the Quadrant have embraced the dog friendly spirit, and shoppers are encouraged to keep an eye out for the dog friendly stickers proudly displayed on store windows, signalling their warm welcome to four-legged shoppers.

The current list of dog friendly shops includes a range of popular retailers such as Clogau, Ernest Jones, Fragrance Shop, HMV, H Samuel, JD, Pandora, Perfume Shop, Quiz, Saltrock, Schuh, Stephen Hughes, The Works, The Body Shop, Three Store, Trespass, TUI, and WHSmith.

Claire Leahy, store manager at The Body Shop, shared her excitement: “We absolutely love welcoming dogs of all shapes and sizes into our store! As passionate dog lovers ourselves, this news is the best thing that could happen to us!”

Sam Davies, a store manager at Schuh, added: “Our entire team becomes giddy with joy when a dog strolls into our store. Their presence instantly brightens the mood for both our team and customers alike! We have wholeheartedly embraced this initiative and eagerly look forward to welcoming even more furry visitors to the centre.”

Doggy Etiquette

To ensure the utmost convenience and comfort for dog owners and their precious pets, The Quadrant Shopping Centre has implemented a set of guidelines, including the following:

  1. Well behaved dogs only
  2. All dogs must be kept on a lead and under control of their owners at all times.
  3. Dog owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. 
  4. Dogs exhibiting aggressive or disruptive behaviour will be asked to leave the premises for the safety and comfort of all visitors.
  5. Specific stores or areas may have additional guidelines, so dog owners are encouraged to check with individual retailers before entering.

With Quadrant Shopping Centre embracing the pawsome presence of dogs and Swansea proudly becoming a more dog friendly city, it’s time to leash up your furry friend, put on your shopping shoes, and explore the vibrant retail wonderland that awaits you in the heart of Swansea. Experience the joy of shopping alongside your canine companion, creating unforgettable memories and celebrating the unbreakable bond between humans and dogs in this playful, fun town.


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