Primark is coming to Lancaster!
The store will move into the former indoor market hall next year, becoming the city’s largest retail store.
Allied (Lancaster) Limited, the owners of Marketgate Shopping Centre since January 2008, announced this week that they have signed Primark Stores to occupy a new 50,000 sq ft anchor store for the site.
Planning Permission has already been granted for the reconfiguration of the old market hall and building work could start as early as Easter this year, with hand over to Primark in early 2015.
The new enlarged site, which includes building over Gillison’s Lane will, also encompass a number of the units currently facing the market hall to create an extended building with a prominent frontage onto Marketgate/Cornmarket which will form a new integral part of the shopping centre.
An Allied spokesman said: “The new 50,000 sq ft store will dramatically improve the retail landscape in Lancaster city centre.
“It will benefit the whole of the city centre, not just Marketgate Shopping Centre, and would stem the leakage from the city.
“A store of this size would create both permanent and part-time employment opportunities and substantially increase the footfall and spend throughout the whole city centre.
“Lancaster has waited a long time for real and substantial retail improvement and this new letting brings to fruition the vision of both the developer and the council.”
Primark now operate 162 stores in the UK alone.
David Goodman of Marketgate Shopping Centre, son of the late shopping centre developer and visionary Everard Goodman, said: “This prestigious and significant new development to Lancaster’s retail offer will benefit both Lancaster as a destination as well as the people of Lancaster as a whole.
“The creation of new employment opportunities, a vibrant destination centre and the confidence of a premier brand such as Primark should give confidence to the people of Lancaster.”