Northern Ireland

Primark set to reopen new Belfast Bank Buildings store on November 1

Primark's Bank Buildings store is set to reopen on November 1. Picture by Mal McCann
Primark's Bank Buildings store is set to reopen on November 1. Picture by Mal McCann

PRIMARK is set to reopen its flagship Belfast store on November 1.

The Bank Buildings store has undergone an extensive four-year restoration project following a fire in August 2018.

Doors at the newly refurbished five-storey retail unit will open at 10am.

The 88,200 sq ft store will feature a Disney café and dedicated Disney department for adults, kids and home on the second floor. There will also be a nail and beauty studio and a new home department offering a range of accessories, bedding and small furniture.

The reopening comes four years after the iconic Bank Buildings, located at Royal Avenue and Castle Street, was extensively damaged in a blaze.

In the aftermath, a £30 million refurbishment programme got under way to save the building, which was built in 1899.

Complex redevelopment including significant retention, demolition and re-building works has been carried out at the site, with the aim of bringing this historic building back to life.

The newly renovated store is 76 per cent bigger in size compared to the original site, as the existing store on Castle Street will merge with the newly restored Bank Buildings.

In advance of the reopening, the smaller Primark store at Fountain House on Donegall Place will close, with all employees transferring back to the new Bank Buildings store.

Jacqui Byers, Primark NI area manager, said: "We are now in the final weeks of preparation to reopen our Bank Buildings store.

"Restoring this much-loved historic building has been an important and passionate project for our business.

"Our teams have approached it with such care and consideration, of course with the wider city of Belfast in mind.

"We would like to thank our colleagues, customers, the business community, and wider city of Belfast once again for their continued support following the fire, as without them we would not be in this position to reopen the Bank Buildings.

"We look forward to welcoming everyone to our beautiful new Primark store in the heart of Belfast next month to celebrate this significant moment with us."