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Primark to expand its Norwich Haymarket store

16:13 18 March 2016

The Primark store in Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Primark store in Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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It has been one of the retail industry’s biggest success stories over recent years and now Primark’s plans for expansion are set to hit Norwich.

The Norwich branch of the budget fashion giant, located in the Haymarket, plans to spread its shop front in June, taking over the adjacent space currently operated by Dorothy Perkins and Wallis.

The move into the next door property is part of Primark’s continued plan to expand its businesses across the UK and will increase their Norwich retail space from 3010m2 to 3412m2.

In a brief statement, a spokeswoman for Primark, which is the landlord of the neighbouring site, confirmed the retailer “is planning an extension at its Norwich store.”

Both Dorothy Perkins and Wallis, who are operated by the Arcadia Group, have other stores in Norwich’s city, however it is not yet clear whether staff at both retailers will be redeployed there.

A spokeswoman for Wallis confirmed employees at the Haymarket store were aware of the move, but could shed no further light on what the future holds for both the store and its workforce.

Primark, which also has a store in King’s Lynn, posted half-year profits of £322m in the 24 weeks to February 2015, a £34m increase on the previous six months.

10 comments

  • Zachary has a point. Even M&S were using heavy handed business tactics, pressuring suppliers to accept very over extended payment periods, putting their businesses at risk. However, in these days of householders paying levies to support renewable energy, of almost compulsory recycling, of taxes on emissions, maybe the clothing industry and the pile it high recycle what isnt bought system needs examining. Especially in the light of unprecedented personal debt in the UK. Yes some are buying a £10 jumper because that is all they can afford, but others are buying a lot of £10 jumpers and not wearing them much at all. I will use Debenhams as an example but others are as bad -go in the store in June and there are outfits £300 a pop. come the July sales these will be slung on racks in a pile or draping the floor with a bit of money knocked off-and then all mysteriously disappear before there is what oldies would call a real sale. If British shoppers are buying on credit maybe the economy would be better served if we bought fewer clothes but the clothes were actually made in the UK and there was far less wastage by the retailers. And yes I know they will tell us they get sold elsewhere-but really?

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, March 19, 2016

  • Stoneman even high end designer labels use slave labour, even worse by the way, as they are usually taken out of their own country and shoved into a basement in Italy or France so the designers can claim they are homemade.

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    Zachary Burbridge

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • It infuriates me when people target Primark about being a biproduct of sweatshops. I bet everything you are wearing right now with a high street label in it has been through a factory in the Eastern world - H&M, Topshopman, Zara, New Look, Nike, Hollister, Jack Wills and countless others all use sweatshops. THE DIFFERENCE? Primark own up to the fact they do and charge less for products whilst paying the same in manufacturing as the others do. They are also far more supportive of their workers, both in manufacturing and retail. When the roof on the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013, Primark were the ONLY retail company to take responsibility, paying a lot of compensation to the injured parties whereas the others, many aforementioned, denied involvement so as not to decrease their profits. The fact is unless you are prepared to pay £300, minimum, for a single jumper ,for example, from a local cottage industry manufacturer where the wool is spun, dyed, knitted and sold onsite you don't really have any other choices when you can get same said jumper for £10.

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    Zachary Burbridge

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Beats me why they do not open a branch in Yarmouth-so many empty shops available and so many people on low incomes who dont seem to have cars to get to Norwich to shop.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Cant wait till its done hope it's going look good and not to long to do

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    Jade Howard

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • I agree with Albert. Don't shop at Primark. When the sales dry up all the hard-pressed people in work manufacturing the clothes will be out of work but they will be able to rely on the state handouts in their country, just like those in the UK who lose their job. Oh hang on.....

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    becclesboy

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Mixed feelings. Primark is affordable for the many so I love the store. On the other hand, I've been overseas and seen the poverty and stepped over dead bodies so I am glad the kids can earn to eat. If you take away this income, you bring back death for them as a real option. Don't kick their world of work unless you can hit the global politics and give the real gift of education and opportunity. Change a massive unjust system is better than chopping a lifeline

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    candy

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • In the news this week Arcadia said its asking it landlords for a rent reduction across the country. Looks like they are prepared to close some stores. Hope the staff can be relocated.

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    Tone the moan

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • What planet are you on Albert? Primark has a place on the market to supply cheap clothes the old saying you cut your cloth to suit your pocket, not everyone can afford to shop in high end designer shops like you.

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    stoneman

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • The droves buying clothing manufactured in repressive circumstances,Sweat Shops Sweat Facriries The droves purchasing clothing cheap ,but manufactured in sweat Shops,and factories.Little thought for the human cost ! Consumerism is all !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, March 18, 2016

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