As the main service centre in the south of North Dorset, Blandford offers a wide variety of retail establishments, with a relatively strong comparison goods market share within the district, and a relatively low vacancy level compared with the rest of the UK.

There are around 40 well-known multiple retail outlets, both in the town centre and on the out-of-town business parks, but independent retailers bringing their own particular character are a key strength within the town. There is a twice weekly street market, fortnightly indoor market and craft market, and monthly farmers market, with plenty of parking relatively close to the historic town centre, and streets designed to be pedestrian friendly.

Retail outlets are not confined to the main streets, but can be found in the often distinctive yards and side streets, including Greyhound Square, Barnack Walk, Tabernacle Walk, the Georgian Passage and The Plocks.  With around 40 leisure services, there is also a growing night-time economy, including a wide variety of  pubs, bars, restaurant, cafes and convenience food outlets.

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