Blackwood is the second largest town in the County Borough area and is one of two sub-regional centres.
The catchment area has a population of approximately 34,000 and includes Argoed, Cefn Fforest, Penmaen, Pengam, Pontllanfraith and Ynysddu.
There are a number of multiple retailers present in the town including: Argos, Wilko’s, Costa Coffee, Peacocks, Boots, Iceland, B&M Bargains, Superdrug and Poundland. Blackwood town centre offers shoppers a wide choice of independent retailers interspersed with multiple retailers. The strength of its appeal is the range and diversity of its retail offer.
Within the last few years the town has dramatically improved its transport infrastructure with the construction of the Sirhowy Enterprise Way and the iconic Chartist Bridge. The road links the town centre with the Oakdale Business Park and the communities of Pen-y-Fan and Oakdale, opening up the town to an extra 5,000 potential customers. Blackwood has long been an interchange for bus routes from all over the South East Wales Valleys. The construction of the award winning Interchange Bus Station increases the accessibility of the town to people from the surrounding area. Together these projects defined the town’s future, making it an attractive option for investors looking to locate to the South East Wales Valleys. Private sector investment in two retail parks, located at either end of the town centre, creates new opportunities for retailers looking for a presence in the South East Valleys area.