When is the new Grimsby Primark opening and how to apply for jobs
With the construction of Grimsby’s new Primark store nearing completion, excitement is growing ahead of its opening later this year.
Passersby and motorists travelling along Frederick Ward Way will have noticed lots of activity taking place to the car park of Freshney Place over the past few months.
And builders took the Grimsby Telegraph on a tour around the site to see first-hand just how far the project has come since work first started on the multi-million pound redevelopment of Primark on November 28.
So, here’s all you need to know as the project nears completion…
When does it open?
While a specific date has not been confirmed yet by Primark, Freshney Place envisage the huge store will be open in the late summer or autumn of this year. Some time in August or September seems likely.
With the construction to be completed within the coming days, shop fitters will then move in to transform the space.
We’ll bring you the opening date as soon as it is announced.
Just how big will it be?
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! When we walked around we saw vast wide open floor spaces on each level, making it the largest store in the town.
How many jobs will there be and how do I apply?
The expansion alone is expected to create more than 120 retail jobs at Primark alone.
Add that to the 250 jobs which have been created as a result of the multi-million pound expansion during the development period and you a get sense of just how big the project is.
According to Lorraine Alexander, employer and partnerships manager, at the Department for Work and Pensions, Primark will begin their recruitment drive in mid-July
Anyone who is interested can keep an eye on vacancies over at: careers.primark.com
What impact will it have on Freshney Place?
It is a big investment by Freshney Place and key a expansion for the mall which was hit by the closure of BHS. “This is an incredibly exciting time for us,” said Freshney Place Shopping Centre Director Amanda Austin. “I’m delighted 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 re-opening in the coming months.
“We’re all so excited that the wait for this new development is almost over,” said Amanda. “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.”
How much has it cost?
The ambitious project to transform part of Freshney Place’s multi-story car park into a massive Primark store has, inevitably, cost a lot of money – £4.3 million to be exact. The cost is being met by Freshney Place who see it as a long term investment for the future.
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