Primark set to open in Peterborough


Discount fashion retailer, Primark, has confirmed it will open a large store in Peterborough, after securing space in a new extension to be built by developer Hammerson in the city’s prime shopping centre, Queensgate.

Trading with a full line store on two levels covering 59,000 ft², Primark will be the sole occupier of Queensgate’s 10,000 ft² extension, and will follow other recent additions to the city including Cult, Republic, Pandora and Schuh.

Commenting on the decision, Neil Darwin, director of economic development at Opportunity Peterborough said: “Peterborough has a growing and diverse economy with high demand for a retail mix, so I’m confident Primark will prove to be extremely popular with shoppers.

With public realm improvements in Cathedral Square helping to attract new restaurants such as Chimichanga and Nando’s, retailers are also seeing the city’s potential too; TK Maxx is set to open a large store in the city centre this spring, so we’re really pleased that Primark will be enhancing our offer too, as well as increasing footfall around the whole area.

These announcements are the culmination of many months work since first making contact and working with these major retailers. Both Primark and TK Maxx are ‘destination stores’ which will enhance the shopping experience for residents and new visitors to what is rapidly evolving as a vibrant city centre.”

The Queensgate extension is expected to be complete by mid 2012, ready for Primark to open for Christmas trading that year.