Belfast Telegraph

Primark closing Northern Ireland store 'but staff will be offered jobs elsewhere'

By Donna Deeney

Primark's decision to close its store in the Waterside area of Londonderry after more than 30 years has been met with shock and fears for staff jobs despite the company offering re-deployment.

The 61 people who work in the Lisnagelvin store were informed on Tuesday afternoon that the store will close in April.

The company has not laid out its reason for not re-newing its lease for the Lisnagelvin site but said its focus is on its store on the west bank of the city.

A spokesman for Primark said: “Primark’s store on Newmarket Street Derry will undergo a refurbishment in April 2018. The new design and layout builds on Primark’s latest contemporary shop fit and will offer an enhanced store environment for our customers and employees.

“In light of this investment, and as our lease is now expiring, we have decided to close our Lisnagelvin store in Derry which is one of our older and smaller stores. The closure of the 10,100 sq ft store is scheduled for April 7.

“All Lisnagelvin employees will be offered relocation opportunities at our 32,700 sq ft store in Newmarket Street Derry which is less than two miles away away. Alternatively if employees would like to transfer to another store in Northern Ireland which is more convenient for them, we will facilitate where possible.”

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