Essential retailers within the Dolphin Shopping Centre remain open

The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole is open to ensure essential goods and services are available to the community throughout the Government’s enforced lockdown.

The opening times for the centre are Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 6.30pm, and Sundays from 10am to 5.30pm.


Only key retailers remain open to the public. These are Marks & Spencer, Boots, Holland & Barrett, WHSmith, Cycle Paths, Poundland, and Wilko. Each retailers’ specific opening times are available on their websites for shoppers’ information. All other retailers are shut for the foreseeable future, per the Government directives.

Lisa King, Retail Liaison Manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, commented: “The health of our visitors, retailers and team is paramount and we are working hard to ensure people are being supported wherever possible.

“It’s vital that members of our community, including key workers and the elderly, have access to essential goods at this difficult time. Therefore, the centre will stay open for as long as possible to support our community, in-line with Government guidelines, to provide essential goods and services.”

Marks & Spencer has dedicated the first hour of their opening times on Mondays and Thursdays to its vulnerable customers, while Tuesday and Friday mornings are open to key workers. Poundland is also accepting food donations instore, to be distributed within the wider community.

Lisa added: “We would also like to remind our shoppers of our foodbank, located outside Marks & Spencer in the centre. Now more than ever it is essential we are thinking of the vulnerable members of our society, who would greatly benefit from these donations.”

Additionally, BCP Council has announced free parking at the Dolphin Shopping Centre car park, for key workers without time restrictions.  

Shoppers are encouraged to visit and check the centre’s social media channels for updates on opening times.