Primark open a store in York’s city centre

Fashion retailer Primark have confirmed that they wish to open a store in York’s city centre, according to The Press.

The building they wish to occupy is currently under the tenancy of Marks & Spencer, who plan to open a mega store at a £90 million Monks Cross shopping complex next year.

It is understood that Primark have submitted an application document to the City of York Council to occupy the Piccadilly site, part of the Coppergate shopping Centre.

However, an official unveiling of the new occupier cannot be complete due to the fact that Primark are requesting to renovate the space with a new top floor, and further renovations on other floors.

The Coppergate Shopping Centre have revealed that they are in talks with a top retail name regarding the acquisition.

Its arrival to the city would prove a popular one with residents, who have been long campaigning for the arrival of the discounted fashion chain.

“Many residents approached me and said York wanted a Primark,” said council leader James Alexander.

“I asked the council to contact Primark, suggesting the Piccadilly premises Marks & Spencer would be vacating. We received a very positive response and a desire from Primark to be in York’s city-centre.

“Negotiations are ongoing, but progress is being made. I welcome any potential investment in York from Primark. Some residents currently travel to Harrogate or Leeds to shop at Primark- hopefully, soon they won’t have to”.

Len Cruddas, chief executive of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “In principle, we would welcome Primark if they decided to move into York’s city-centre.

“It would certainly strengthen and broaden the city-centre’s retail offer and is also a retailer which is popular with younger shoppers. It is always good to get these shoppers into the habit of coming into the centre of York”.

Primark said it did not comment on “store openings or speculation”.

Primark will also have to seriously consider expansion in its e-commerce sector following huge success in its initial web sales. Primark currently do not have a site of their own, but earlier this week sales went viral through their tie-up with online retailer ASOS, forcing them to double their offering.

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