Carmarthen - Shopping Opportunities
Carmarthen avoided the large scale redevelopment that affected many other places in the 1960s and 70s, and has retained the distinctive provisions market which draws shoppers from a wide area. In 2011 a new shopmobility scheme is starting. Scooters and wheelchairs are available for hire by shoppers with mobility problems. The shopmobility centre is sited on the ground floor of the multi storey car park at St Catherine's Walk, next to the entrance to the shopping centre (from 25 May 2011): from Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
The town has developed as a thriving shopping centre which retains much of the character of earlier periods.
Three areas have been redeveloped. The Red Street vicinity was redeveloped in the 1970s to accommodate major retailers such as Marks and Spencer.
The land between Lammas Street and Friar's Park was developed as a store The Greyfriars Precinct opened in 1998, with twenty-five shops including many national retailers, and was re-launched as Merlin's Walk in 2010.
Also in 2010 the former mart site has opened as St Catherine's Walk - a new town-centre shopping area, with large stores such as Debenhams and Next, a multi-storey car park and Europe's first all digital, all 3D cinema. The resulting mix of traditional market, local independent shops and major multiples provides a range of facilities exceeding that of many towns with a similar population. Carmarthen is a Fairtrade town.