Belfast Telegraph

Primark to open Bank Buildings extension in December with new store coming in spring

By Jonathan Bell

Primark has confirmed it will reopen in Belfast on December 8 and will open a second new store in the spring.

The retailer is to open its extension at the rear of Bank Buildings after August's devastating fire.

A company spokesman said: “Primark is committed to Belfast and we announced recently that we plan to open a store in Commonwealth House in December. In addition, we are hoping to open a new store in Fountain House in Spring 2019."

There has been a huge drop in footfall in the city's main trading centre as a result of the fire and the safety cordon around the building which has forced the closure of 14 businesses. Emergency funds have been put in place to support those businesses affected and to drive people back into the city.

The retailer is also to move into the current New Look store in the city next year.

SDLP Councillor Tim Attwood welcomed the confirmation of the shop's reopening in the city.

“The SDLP are delighted that Primark will begin trading again in the mouth of the Christmas period," he said.

“This news is an extremely welcome development for the city and especially for the Primark staff who have been commuting to other stores across Northern Ireland since the blaze destroyed the Bank Buildings, which was home to Primark’s flagship Belfast store, at the end of August.

“Belfast City Council will continue to support businesses in the city centre after the devastation caused by the Primark blaze.”

ABF - Primark's parent company - in its annual results announcement on Tuesday said it would "shortly re-establish" a trading presence in the city at Commonwealth House and was committed to restoring Bank Buildings with the authorities. It said building replacement costs and the resulting business disruption were all covered by insurance.

The exclusion zone around Primark's Bank Buildings. Graphic Raymond Esteban

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