Belfast Telegraph

Proposals for restoration of Belfast Primark store to go on show

Queues outside the new Primark after a blaze severely damaged the Bank Buildings store
Queues outside the new Primark after a blaze severely damaged the Bank Buildings store
Chief executive Paul Marchant
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

Public events showcasing Primark's plans for the restoration and redevelopment of its listed Belfast Bank Buildings unit, destroyed by a fire last August, are to take place.

The pre-application public information events will detail plans for a retail store connected to the existing Primark store at Commonwealth House on Castle Street. They will take place on Thursday at the Castle Street store from 3-8pm and next Tuesday, June 25 between 11am and 4pm at the same store.

A Primark spokesperson said: "We confirm that we have submitted a proposal of application notice (PAN) to Belfast City Council to begin the reconstruction of Bank Buildings in Belfast city centre and will be entering a period of community consultation.

"We remain committed to working with the council and other stakeholders to expedite a conservation-led approach to the restoration process for Bank Buildings, within the guidelines of the required legal and planning process."

Information leaflets will be shared at the event and a website is expected go live to coincide with the pre-planning details launch.

Primark, led by chief executive Paul Marchant, has made significant investments in its UK stores in recent months to include additional services such as cafes, hairdressers and barber shops.

Among them is its Manchester store which launched a themed Friends cafe that takes its inspiration from the American sitcom from the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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It also opened its largest UK store in Birmingham in April. It is thought to have cost £70m.

Belfast Telegraph