Take a look inside the MAMMOTH new Primark in Grimsby's Freshney Place
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Jan 2018
The long-awaited new Primark store in Freshney Place is set to open in less than two weeks after extensive construction work at the mammoth site.
This £4.3m expansion trebles the size of the existing store in the shopping centre and is now one of Grimsby's largest retail units - increasing in size from 10,000 sq ft to 33,100 sq ft.
Inside the newly expanded Primark in Freshney Place (Image: Jon Corken)
Workers from Simons Group Construction have been hard at work installing the super-store's interior over the past 12 weeks, ready for opening on Thursday, January 18 - months after the latest projection of autumn 2017.
Will Lawler, project manager for Simons Group, said: "The process has been really good, we do a lot of retail environments with Simons Group and this has been very straight forward.
"Primark is a customer that really knows what it wants, and who understands the local community in Grimsby and know what they want and has delivered that here."
The final touches are being made to the new Primark Store in Freshney Place, Grimsby. Will Lawler, project manager for the Simons Group. (Image: Jon Corken)
Everything you need to know about Grimsby's new Primark
- The store will open at 10am on Thursday, January 18
- It has trebled the size of the existing store - increasing from 10,000 sq ft to 33,100 sq ft
- The expansion cost £4.3m
- It features free Wi-Fi and charging ports for customers to use while shopping
- Primark has created over 50 new jobs for the area with the expansion
The store boasts huge dedicated clothing sections for women, men, and kids, with specific areas set to display lingerie, shoes, homeware, and trending items.
The two-storey building also has two huge changing units, with 37 spacious fitting rooms and accessible areas.
It also has free Wi-Fi for customers, and dedicated rest areas where shoppers - or those waiting for friends and family - can sit and charge their phones.
The new cutting-edge waiting area equipped with charging sockets (Image: Jon Corken)
Will, 40, said: "What's really good and really new is having a customer seating area with plugs to charge your phone.
"If you've got kids on their laptops or their tablets - we've got seating areas both upstairs and downstairs."
Grimsby's re-vamped Primark is fully accessible, with lifts, accessible changing rooms, and a specially adapted till at each check-out bank.
It also has a strong focus on sustainability - with huge boards explaining Primark's stance on the subject decorating walls on each floor.
Upstairs in the new Grimsby Primark store in Freshney Place (Image: Jon Corken)
The store expansion, which was first announced in October 2014, has created more than 50 new jobs - bringing its total number of employees to 131.
Employees will also benefit from the renovation, with a brand new colourful behind-the-scenes area. The new staff area includes showers, bathrooms, and a staff restaurant.
Kari Rodgers, Regional Controller UK for Primark, said they hope the new store will offer shoppers in Grimsby an "enhanced shopping experience."
She said: "The newly refurbished Primark store in Grimsby will be three times its original size, with over 33,100 sq ft of retail space over two floors, offering our customers an enhanced shopping experience.
The store has 15 cash desks, 37 changing rooms, and two seating stations (Image: Jon Corken)
"The store will offer a wider range of our amazing fashion at amazing prices in our latest contemporary shop fit, with 37 fitting rooms, 15 cash desks (including refunds and exchanges) and access to free Wi-Fi.
"Employees in 'back of house' will enjoy open spaces designed with modern features and comforts such as a 'Recharge Café' with a fully equipped kitchen area and bright decor.
"The new store will open on Thursday, January 18 at 10am and employ 131 people, which includes over 50 new jobs. All employees from our temporary store in Freshney Place will relocate to the new store."