All shops will be allowed to re-open later this month in Wales, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Essential retail has remained open throughout the pandemic but many shops deemed non-essential closed in December 2020.

The phased reopening of non-essential retail began on Monday, March 22, when the ban on what stores and supermarkets already open could sell was lifted.

Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, April 1, First Minister Mark Drakeford said all shops will be able to re-open from Monday, April 12. You can see all the key dates for the easing of lockdown here.

It means many of your favourite high-street retailers will be reopening their doors for the first time this year on that date if the public health situation in Wales remains positive.

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The high-street retailer has confirmed to WalesOnline it will be reopening its Cardiff flagship store on Monday, April 12.

It comes after the retailer announced it’s planning on closing eight more stores in a move that puts 1,465 jobs at risk.

The Cardiff flagship store was not on the retailer’s latest list of proposed closures meaning it will re-open when the restrictions lift on non-essential retail in Wales.

The eight shops set to close are the At Home stores in Ashford, Basingstoke, Chester, and Tunbridge Wells and department stores in Aberdeen, Peterborough, Sheffield, and York.

You can read more about the closures here.


Next stores plan to re-open in Wales on April 12 too. The retailer has said all stores already have pre-set customer capacities from when they were previously open.

The changing rooms, however, will remain closed.


A spokesperson told WalesOnline: “With life at home more important than ever we are really looking forward to welcoming our customers back into our stores from April 12.

“As before we will re-open with extensive safety measures in place and ask everyone to play their part in helping to keep each other safe. In the meantime customers can continue to shop with us online for home delivery or click and collect.”

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The fashion retailer has confirmed that all its Welsh stores will be reopening on April 12 in line with the Welsh Government guidelines.


Primark plans to reopen in Cardiff
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The affordable retailer has eight shops across Wales, which can be found in Cardiff, Newport, Cwmbran, Llandudno, Wrexham, Llanelli, Swansea, and Broughton.

Speaking about the possibility of opening on April 12 following the last Welsh Government’s review, a spokesperson told WalesOnline: “We are really looking forward to welcoming our customers back to our stores in Wales on the provisional re-opening date of 12 April.

“We know our customers will love our amazing new spring/summer ranges including bright leisurewear in spring pastels as well as some exciting new collaborations with Disney and Pineapple, which will all be in-store when we re-open.

“As always safety remains our top priority and we will continue to have extensive safety measures in place to help ensure that our employees and customers can return to Primark with confidence.”

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