Primark signs for Trafford Centre store

Intu has signed up budget fashion retailer Primark as the anchor tenant within its £74m transformation and expansion of the Trafford Centre’s Barton Square.

The work on Barton Square incorporates the unit previously occupied by BHS Home, as well as an additional 110,000 sq ft of retail space, a new glass-domed roof and a redesigned interior.

Primark is set to open in 2019 within BHS’s former space, as the work on Barton Square completes. Other brands already in place there include Sea Life Manchester, Legoland Discovery Centre and Next Home.

Colin Flinn, regional managing director for Intu, said: “This is a significant milestone for intu Trafford Centre that will enable us to reposition and redevelop an important part of the centre so that we can create even better customer experiences and more opportunities for retailers to flourish.

“Intu Trafford Centre is already one of the UK’s prime retail and leisure destinations and known around the world for its unique design and architecture which was celebrated in a BBC Radio 4 arts documentary earlier this year. The work we are planning at Barton Square will attract more visitors for longer by expanding the centre’s retail and leisure mix and creating a new space befitting this architecturally-rich building.”

Work is due to start on site during the first half of next year. Cushman & Wakefield acted for Intu and Lambert Smith Hampton acted for Primark.

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Radio 4 celebrated the Trafford Centre’s unique design and architecture?? I think I want my licence fee back.


I heard the programme and the Beeb didn’t celebrate the architecture. They interviewed artists and craftspeople who applied an astonishing amount of gold leaf, and made the areas of notmarble look just like the areas of marble. It is an achievement, just not a particularly artistic one.

By Gene Walker

What has Primark got to do with the design and architecture – NC get over yourself! It was only a matter of time before Primark were going to be setting up a big outlet in the Trafford Centre, the footfall that they create is what INTU are attracted to not whether you appreciate it or not!

By CitySpotter

I know Barton square needs a bit more footfall but I can think of better ways to spend £74 million than on a Primark. Shame they’re adding the roof too, I always liked that bit of outdoor space.

By DxH

Primark only has to sell 74 million polyester suits to cover the cost of this

By Spock

The TC is lovely, were spoiled in this region with our shopping centres.

By Kayne

It’s a shame that Primark haven’t looked to locate one or two smaller stores in town centres, driving much-appreciated footfall for those who don’t want to schlep into Manchester/Trafford centre.

Altrincham springs to mind as a good candidate…

By North Westerner

Primark serves a purpose.When did we become such snobs in the North West?

By Elephant

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