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Queen Street entrance to Queens Arcade
|Address||Queens Arcade, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2BY.|
|Opening date||28 April 1994|
|Management||AEW Europe & Tristan Capital|
|Total retail floor area||9,638 sq m (100,000 sq ft)|
|No. of floors||2|
Queens Arcade (Welsh: Arcêd y Frenhines) shopping centre is located in the heart of Cardiff's city centre and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 having opened on 28 April 1994. Functioning as one of the city's retail malls,
Developed on the site of the Allders department store and the similarly named Queen Street Arcade, the main entrance is located on Queen Street, and the second entrance faces Working Street near Cardiff Central Market. The Arcade has two levels, and is unusual in that the levels are sloped, so that despite its two entrances being on the same level, the upper floor at the Working Street entrance is the ground floor at Queen Street. The centre internally connects with the St. David's Centre.
Queens Arcade recorded 11.2m annual footfall in 2012 and is anchored by New Look, Argos, Foot Locker and Post Office. Four of Queens Arcade’s stores – Argos, Christopher George, F Hinds and Whittard of Chelsea – have been in the centre from its launch and others from the opening year line up have changed their company names – such as Cookie Jar now Millie’s Cookies and Partners now Ryman.
In Popular Culture
The original architecture was inspired by the many late 19th century arcades of Cardiff city centre and has appeared as the backdrop for various TV programmes, including the 2005 Doctor Who story "Rose", starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, which was set in London.