Peek inside Primark as construction work on new £4.3 million store nears completion

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 23 Jun 2017

Builders are due to finish construction work on the huge £4.3 million Primark expansion at Grimsby’s Freshney Place Shopping Centre in the coming days.

Just 14 months after work began, the ambitious project to extend the retail space of the centre to 34,200 sq ft feet is heading into the final stretch, as all demolition and construction work is due to complete by the end of next week.

Once it is completed, the shopfitters will move in to complete the transformation and the new, expanded Primark store is due to open this autumn

“This is an incredibly exciting time for us,” said Freshney Place director Amanda Austin. “I’m delighted to announce that the work is going to finish on schedule, and that means we’ll soon be able to begin working with our retailers to fit out the new premises and prepare for reopening in the coming months.”

As a result of the works, the size of the centre’s Primark unit has been increased from 10,000 sq ft to 47,000 sq ft - with 34,200 sq ft of retail space across two floors – and it is expected that the expansion will create more than 120 retail jobs at Primark alone.

“We’re all so excited that the wait for this new development is almost over,” Amanda said.

“This has been a long-term plan of ours for many years, and will help us to ensure that Grimsby remains the number one shopping destination for people across the region.”

The significant expansion will provide shoppers with access to even more of Primark’s range of latest trends in women’s, men’s and children’s fashion along with gifts, health & beauty and homewares.

“As part of the redevelopment, we’ve not only created new retail space at the centre, but will also be adding a prominent new façade on Frederick Ward Way,” said the centre director.

“The £180,000 toilet modernisation has been completed, bringing contemporary-designed and energy efficient facilities to the centre, which remain free of charge for use by our customers,” she added.

“We have also installed new customer lifts and seating, and have completed a programme of redecoration and new flooring throughout the centre in recent months.”

Construction work on the multi-million pound expansion has been carried out by HCM Projects, part of Yorkshire-based Harris Construction Management, creating 250 jobs throughout the development period.

“Steel for the project was sourced from Scunthorpe, in keeping with our ethos of supporting our local business and enterprise region, and other local suppliers have been used wherever possible,” said Amanda.

“This is such an exciting time for us. This huge development serves to underline and strengthen Grimsby’s shopping credentials, and will undoubtedly help us to attract more shoppers not just to Freshney Place, but also the town.”

She said discussions were ongoing with a number of national and independent retailers about their joining the centre’s offering.

“Unfortunately as is always the case, we can’t reveal the details of any discussions, but we hope to have some exciting news for our shoppers and the wider community very soon,” she said.

“In the meantime we’re looking forward to seeing the exciting new shop interiors take shape over the coming months, and can’t wait to announce the opening.”

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