Primark eyes York city centre site

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CLOTHING giant Primark wants to open a store in York’s city centre, The Press can confirm.

The firm is aiming to take over the Piccadilly building, part of the Coppergate Shopping Centre, which will be vacated when its current occupiers Marks & Spencer open a huge new store at a £90 million Monks Cross shopping complex next year.

Primark has long been rumoured to be interested in a York store, and it is now looking to move into the Piccadilly site, planning documents have revealed. The company is named in application documents submitted to City of York Council for a revamp of the site, one of the city-centre’s prime retail premises.

A final deal has yet to be signed, and approval for a new top floor and the extension of other floors is believed to be one of the matters which must be dealt with before Primark could be formally unveiled as occupier. The Coppergate Shopping Centre’s owners have confirmed they are in talks with a top retail name which does not already have a York store.

Primark has been looking for premises in York for some time, sources have told The Press. Its arrival would be a major retail boost for the city-centre following the controversy which surrounded proposals for John Lewis, M&S and Next stores at Monks Cross, approved by the council last year.

Council leader James Alexander said securing a John Lewis in York had “sparked much debate” about the retailers people wanted in the city. He said: “Many residents approached me and said York wanted a Primark.

“I asked the council to contact Primark, suggesting the Piccadilly premises Marks & Spencer would be vacating. We received a very positive response and a desire from Primark to be in York’s city-centre.

“Negotiations are ongoing, but progress is being made. I welcome any potential investment in York from Primark. Some residents currently travel to Harrogate or Leeds to shop at Primark – hopefully, soon they won’t have to.”

Primark said it did not comment on “store openings or speculation”. A spokesman for Centros, the development manager for LaSalle UK Ventures Fund which owns the Coppergate Shopping Centre, said: “While a formal agreement has yet to be finalised, we are in negotiation with a major retailer. They will be new to the city and they are keen to open a store in Coppergate.”

Len Cruddas, chief executive of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “In principle, we would welcome Primark if they decided to move into York’s city-centre.

“It would certainly strengthen and broaden the city-centre’s retail offer and is also a retailer which is popular with younger shoppers. It is always good to get these shoppers into the habit of coming into the centre of York.”

M&S said it planned to leave Piccadilly at about the same time as its Monks Cross store opens, expected to be next April.

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12:29pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Alpha Kenny Thing says...

Just what York needs, another shop selling tat.
Just what York needs, another shop selling tat. Alpha Kenny Thing
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12:32pm Thu 20 Jun 13

loopyluu says...

it will double its prices in York!
it will double its prices in York! loopyluu
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12:32pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Blythespirit says...

Alpha Kenny Thing wrote:
Just what York needs, another shop selling tat.
Ahhh, but very cheap tat! Great for socks, belts and sunglasses you can afford to lose!
[quote][p][bold]Alpha Kenny Thing[/bold] wrote: Just what York needs, another shop selling tat.[/p][/quote]Ahhh, but very cheap tat! Great for socks, belts and sunglasses you can afford to lose! Blythespirit
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Thu 20 Jun 13

inthesticks says...

Wish they would go out of town, I wont pay to park.
Wish they would go out of town, I wont pay to park. inthesticks
  • Score: 0

12:59pm Thu 20 Jun 13

TheTruthHurts says...

Blythespirit wrote:
Alpha Kenny Thing wrote:
Just what York needs, another shop selling tat.
Ahhh, but very cheap tat! Great for socks, belts and sunglasses you can afford to lose!
You lose your belts often?
[quote][p][bold]Blythespirit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alpha Kenny Thing[/bold] wrote: Just what York needs, another shop selling tat.[/p][/quote]Ahhh, but very cheap tat! Great for socks, belts and sunglasses you can afford to lose![/p][/quote]You lose your belts often? TheTruthHurts
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1:06pm Thu 20 Jun 13

yorkielass says...

Who's getting the interest then eh, and is that the real reason for the delay? Not good enough CYC, get this stadium out to tender and stop messing us about.
Who's getting the interest then eh, and is that the real reason for the delay? Not good enough CYC, get this stadium out to tender and stop messing us about. yorkielass
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1:08pm Thu 20 Jun 13

yorkielass says...

Well, that cheeky little message of mine above has just posted itself on the wrong page! Will copy to the correct one! Oops.
Well, that cheeky little message of mine above has just posted itself on the wrong page! Will copy to the correct one! Oops. yorkielass
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1:38pm Thu 20 Jun 13

yorkiemum says...

Brill for men's plimsoles and socks shame it's in town though, would rather it be sited at Monks Cross with its free parking and easy access.
Brill for men's plimsoles and socks shame it's in town though, would rather it be sited at Monks Cross with its free parking and easy access. yorkiemum
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2:00pm Thu 20 Jun 13

pbrowne2009@live.co.uk says...

With Primark being announced for York, I may as well declare myself bankrupt.

Everyone complaining that the city is dead (me included) - think again, Its now going to be full of women buying cheap clothes.

At least it saves driving the misses to white rose centre. lol
With Primark being announced for York, I may as well declare myself bankrupt. Everyone complaining that the city is dead (me included) - think again, Its now going to be full of women buying cheap clothes. At least it saves driving the misses to white rose centre. lol pbrowne2009@live.co.uk
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2:06pm Thu 20 Jun 13

York Manor says...

I bet Primark havent been told Lendal Bridge is closing, keep that one under your hat James, dont want any propective retailer to know about that crack pot idea now do we.
I bet Primark havent been told Lendal Bridge is closing, keep that one under your hat James, dont want any propective retailer to know about that crack pot idea now do we. York Manor
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2:31pm Thu 20 Jun 13

DifficultTim says...

Well, if it does indeed happen it's better than the site standing empty.

But did 'many' residents really go up to the leader of the council and say 'Tell you what, James, what York really needs is ... a Primark'? How weird.
Well, if it does indeed happen it's better than the site standing empty. But did 'many' residents really go up to the leader of the council and say 'Tell you what, James, what York really needs is ... a Primark'? How weird. DifficultTim
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2:45pm Thu 20 Jun 13

AnotherPointofView says...

DifficultTim wrote:
Well, if it does indeed happen it's better than the site standing empty.

But did 'many' residents really go up to the leader of the council and say 'Tell you what, James, what York really needs is ... a Primark'? How weird.
I wonder if he would listen to my suggestion about Lendal Bridge....?

Fat chance!
[quote][p][bold]DifficultTim[/bold] wrote: Well, if it does indeed happen it's better than the site standing empty. But did 'many' residents really go up to the leader of the council and say 'Tell you what, James, what York really needs is ... a Primark'? How weird.[/p][/quote]I wonder if he would listen to my suggestion about Lendal Bridge....? Fat chance! AnotherPointofView
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3:46pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Diogenes2 says...

No, please, NO!
No, please, NO! Diogenes2
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3:48pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Platform9 says...

I dont really have an issue with Primark coming here. Cheap cost clothing is a reality check for top price clothing outlets.

How many people have bought expensive clothing, worn it a few times but daren't get rid of it due to the cost of it. Quality doesn't come into it unless you can afford to be extravigant?
I dont really have an issue with Primark coming here. Cheap cost clothing is a reality check for top price clothing outlets. How many people have bought expensive clothing, worn it a few times but daren't get rid of it due to the cost of it. Quality doesn't come into it unless you can afford to be extravigant? Platform9
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3:49pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Diogenes2 says...

AnotherPointofView wrote:
DifficultTim wrote:
Well, if it does indeed happen it's better than the site standing empty.

But did 'many' residents really go up to the leader of the council and say 'Tell you what, James, what York really needs is ... a Primark'? How weird.
I wonder if he would listen to my suggestion about Lendal Bridge....?

Fat chance!
Yeah!
Little Alexander and his rag time band listen to no-one.
They think they know everything.
They know very little, as we York residents sadly to our cost.
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DifficultTim[/bold] wrote: Well, if it does indeed happen it's better than the site standing empty. But did 'many' residents really go up to the leader of the council and say 'Tell you what, James, what York really needs is ... a Primark'? How weird.[/p][/quote]I wonder if he would listen to my suggestion about Lendal Bridge....? Fat chance![/p][/quote]Yeah! Little Alexander and his rag time band listen to no-one. They think they know everything. They know very little, as we York residents sadly to our cost. Diogenes2
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5:33pm Thu 20 Jun 13

heartbreaker says...

Good cheap socks. Just what York residents need.
Good cheap socks. Just what York residents need. heartbreaker
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5:33pm Thu 20 Jun 13

heartbreaker says...

Good cheap socks. Just what York residents need.
Good cheap socks. Just what York residents need. heartbreaker
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Johnners792 says...

Just where the bus from Selby stops! perfect
Just where the bus from Selby stops! perfect Johnners792
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9:57pm Thu 20 Jun 13

yorkguy says...

Funny how coppergate has gone back on what it said last year "if monks cross 2 is approved we will not invest in York" was Just a blackmail tatic !

About time we had primark if only people then understood this will bring shoppers in Just shame about price of city centre parking but only council to blame!

As for Monks cross well I am in the know and can tell you Primark are also looking to sign for a large unit there taking over the old M & S, sports direct and Laura Ashley when they either move to new site or get other units that will become spare after monks cross 2 is complete, so looks like York could be in for 2 primarks!
Funny how coppergate has gone back on what it said last year "if monks cross 2 is approved we will not invest in York" was Just a blackmail tatic ! About time we had primark if only people then understood this will bring shoppers in Just shame about price of city centre parking but only council to blame! As for Monks cross well I am in the know and can tell you Primark are also looking to sign for a large unit there taking over the old M & S, sports direct and Laura Ashley when they either move to new site or get other units that will become spare after monks cross 2 is complete, so looks like York could be in for 2 primarks! yorkguy
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10:16pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Dave Taylor says...

Cheap fashion = shoddy business practices. http://news.bbc.co.u
k/1/hi/uk/7824291.st
m
Cheap fashion = shoddy business practices. http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/hi/uk/7824291.st m Dave Taylor
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7:44am Fri 21 Jun 13

chickpea says...

fantastic! now i don't need to go to leeds to do my primarni shop.
fantastic! now i don't need to go to leeds to do my primarni shop. chickpea
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8:01am Fri 21 Jun 13

nowthen says...

I'm very surprised that the supreme leader is being so positive about this company coming to York.There was I , thinking that he wouldn't grant them planning permission unless they did something about preventing their factories collapsing and killing hundreds of sweat shop workers who work for a few pence a day. Surely he could have demanded that they all be paid a living wage ! Just think of all the tweets he could have made about that !
I'm very surprised that the supreme leader is being so positive about this company coming to York.There was I , thinking that he wouldn't grant them planning permission unless they did something about preventing their factories collapsing and killing hundreds of sweat shop workers who work for a few pence a day. Surely he could have demanded that they all be paid a living wage ! Just think of all the tweets he could have made about that ! nowthen
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12:43pm Fri 21 Jun 13

Platform9 says...

Dave Taylor wrote:
Cheap fashion = shoddy business practices. http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/hi/uk/7824291.st m
True Dave - but then you have the Top Price = D&G tax fiddle
[quote][p][bold]Dave Taylor[/bold] wrote: Cheap fashion = shoddy business practices. http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/hi/uk/7824291.st m[/p][/quote]True Dave - but then you have the Top Price = D&G tax fiddle Platform9
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1:05pm Fri 21 Jun 13

YorkStone says...

New jobs and building up a derelict area....and most comments are negative. ridiculous! Good news for York, saves people going to Leeds.
New jobs and building up a derelict area....and most comments are negative. ridiculous! Good news for York, saves people going to Leeds. YorkStone
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Fri 21 Jun 13

acomblass says...

What about Harrogate where there is a Primark
What about Harrogate where there is a Primark acomblass
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1:31pm Mon 24 Jun 13

Vinnielou says...

If you go to Leeds you pay for parking, If you go to Harrogate you pay for parking,

If you don't want to pay for parking, walk or get the bus but it would probably cost you the same in Petrol as it would for Parking to travel to a Primark elsewhere......
If you go to Leeds you pay for parking, If you go to Harrogate you pay for parking, If you don't want to pay for parking, walk or get the bus but it would probably cost you the same in Petrol as it would for Parking to travel to a Primark elsewhere...... Vinnielou
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8:10pm Mon 24 Jun 13

Realistic ycfc says...

Vinnielou wrote:
If you go to Leeds you pay for parking, If you go to Harrogate you pay for parking,

If you don't want to pay for parking, walk or get the bus but it would probably cost you the same in Petrol as it would for Parking to travel to a Primark elsewhere......
Not at the white rose centre you dont
[quote][p][bold]Vinnielou[/bold] wrote: If you go to Leeds you pay for parking, If you go to Harrogate you pay for parking, If you don't want to pay for parking, walk or get the bus but it would probably cost you the same in Petrol as it would for Parking to travel to a Primark elsewhere......[/p][/quote]Not at the white rose centre you dont Realistic ycfc
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