Primark owners set meeting with local businesses

New contractor found for Primark.
New contractor found for Primark.

A meeting is set to take place between Marketgate Shopping Centre owners and local businesses over the delay on the new Primark build.

The consultation comes after contractors GB Building Solutions, carrying out the works on the store, went into administration.

City centre businesses have been left feeling frustrated over the setback and it is hoped the meeting will clear up communication between both parties.

Gillison’s Lane, a crucial route for footfall as it acted as a shortcut for customers from the high street across to King Street and Middle Street, remains closed

Henry Davenport, owner of Fruits of the Lune, on King Street, has had a confirmation a meeting will take place with Roubaix Group.

Henry, along with other business owners, will be looking to address signage inside Marketgate, which lists the business around King Street, Middle Street and Common Garden Street with directions.

They will also be asking if the barriers can be removed around the building on King Street in order to improve safety and access.

Henry said: “Customers have also noted that reflections from the barriers make our storefronts appear closed from a distance. If it is safe we would like to have Gillisons Lane re-opened to restore access from the centre of town.”

Work on the 50,000 sq ft may take even longer as Roubaix battle to find a new contractor.

A spokesman for Marketgate said: “As part of our communications with neighbours on the improvement works at Marketgate, we are talking to a number of people.

“Our centre manager is in 
direct contact about a meeting to ensure that people know what is happening and the next steps in terms of completing the work on the new Primark.”

A date for the meeting is yet to be confirmed.