Primark has announced it is set to begin work on a huge extension to its flagship store in Belfast next week.
It comes as reports reveal that the budget clothing chain is continuing to flourish – despite the recession and tough trading conditions facing other retailers.
As visitors to Belfast’s city centre will know, the massive retail chain currently resides in stunning listed Bank Buildings.
Primark’s neighbour building, Commonwealth House, which has stood empty for years, is being knocked down so that the new extension, once built, will mirror the listed Bank Buildings.
Primark is expecting staff numbers to rise by more than 100 as a result of the new extension.
The development will be one of the largest retail builds in the city since Victoria Square opened eight years ago.
A spokeswoman for Primark said: “Primark confirms work has begun on the extension of its Belfast store. The new extension will add 32,100 sq ft of retail space to the existing store, bringing the total retail space to 84,200 sq ft and creating 139 additional jobs. We look forward to offering our customers in the area amazing fashion at amazing prices in an improved and enjoyable shopping experience.”