South Ayrshire has a strong retail presence offering shoppers a mix of large national stores and a wide range of independent retailers.

With an excellent transport infrastructure, the region has an attractive retail catchment. Over 900,000 people live within 45 minutes travel and 2 million people live within an hours’ travel.  As a popular tourist destination, the region also attracts around 1.4 million visitors each year.

Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, H&M and Topshop are some of the larger names present in South Ayrshire, which has a mix of town centre and retail park shopping.

Ambitious plans are underway to redevelop Ayr town centre, South Ayrshire’s main town.  The proposal includes a 1.1 acre cultural square, bars and restaurants, offices and flats and will re-connect the town centre with the River Ayr.