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Primark applies to expand its Fishergate store

Posted on - 2nd December, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Preston City Centre
How Primark would look after the revamp

How Primark would look after the revamp

One of the largest national fashion retailers in Preston is due to expand even further.

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Primark in Fishergate has tabled plans for an overhaul of its store.

Facing onto the main shopping street the retailer has applied to extend the size of the store and have a completely new look to the front of the shop.

Adding just over 1,500 square metres more floor space means Primark can stock a bigger range of clothing.

Colman Architects outline in plans how they want to change the window display of the building, and add a second storey above the entrance.

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A statement within the plans says: “Such popularity has meant that in recent years the size of the average Primark store has increased in order to meet the demand. Following this trend, the proposed development plans to increase the size of the existing store by 40% and should provide a great boon for the immediate Fishergate area.

“The proposed development will enhance the street frontage of the existing building. This building has always presented an over-complicated façade on Fishergate, being composed of an incongruous assortment of elements and illustrating the fact that it used to comprise a number of separate properties. The 1980s development, to turn the building into a single store for Marks & Spencer, has improved its appearance but the stone street-level shopfront still tries to mimic the original collection of frontages and does not befit a single, large modern retail store.

“The proposals to remodel the lower two storeys have been developed in close collaboration with Primark to help realise their aspirations for an impressive new store for Preston. Larger, more proportionate areas of shopfront glazing will be installed each side of a more impressive doubleheight glazed entrance allowing much more light and view into the store.”

The shop will continue to have a direct entrance and exit into the adjoining Fishergate Shopping Centre.

Anyone can view the full plans on the Preston City Council website and comments can be left there.

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