Maelfa shops on the move


Phase one of the multi-million pound transformation of the Maelfa shopping centre is nearing completion as local businesses move to their new premises.


The Maelfa Regeneration Scheme will help to revitalise the local area and deliver a modern, new shopping parade with nine shops, affordable new homes, new road infrastructure and a car park with over 40 parking spaces.


The comprehensive transformation of the area is being delivered by the Council and its development partners, Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA) with their contractor JEHU project services. Phase one of the scheme has included the demolition of half of the former shopping arcade which enabled the construction of nine new shops, 40 flats and the car park to take place. 


Some businesses have already opened in their new premises while others are moving over in next week. Once all businesses have moved then demolition of the remainder of the shopping centre will begin. Sixteen townhouses owned by CCHA, a new access road and a paved public square with trees and seating will complete Phase two of the scheme next year.


Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "The new Maelfa is looking wonderful. The old shopping centre was past its sell-by date, a drain on resources and just not fit for purpose anymore so I'm delighted we have been able to deliver such a fantastic new facility.


"We're very grateful for the patience of the local community and businesses from the old centre, who continued trading throughout the phased development of the scheme. Both residents and traders can now look forward to making the most of their new shops.


Hayley Selway, CEO at CCHA, said: "The apartments have provided much needed, high quality, affordable accommodation and it's been so rewarding to welcome tenants to their new homes. It's also great to see the regeneration of this site, and the shop units are another positive addition to benefit tenants and other community members."


Marc Jehu, Managing Director at Jehu Group commented: "We are so pleased to have completed phase one of the development, we've created a vibrant environment where the community can thrive as a place to live, work, shop and socialise."



Mr Dharmesh Patel, owner of Jay's Newsagent, is one of the shops moving over to his unit in coming weeks.  He said: "I am so excited to be moving into my new shop. I have been running my current shop at the Maelfa for three years and I can't wait to be serving customers old and new from the new shopping parade."