Old market hall store plan to create hundreds of jobs

Shop plans: The old Market Hall is Lancster is to become a Primark
Shop plans: The old Market Hall is Lancster is to become a Primark
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Work is due to begin on turning Lancaster’s former market hall into a Primark store.

Allied Lancaster Limited, owners of the Marketgate Shopping Centre, announced this week that work is due to begin in mid-September.

More than 200 full and part-time jobs will be created as part of multi-million pound plans to bring the budget clothing giant to Lancaster.

The store is scheduled to open early next year. The new, custom designed, 50,000 sq ft anchor store will occupy the site of the former market hall, along with parts of Gillison’s Lane.

The existing Common Garden Street walkway will be re-aligned and an additional new walkway is to be built from Golden Ball Lane through to Market Gate.

A new store frontage is to form a prominent feature within Corn Market.

David Goodman, Allied Lancaster Limited chief executive officer, said: “I am proud and convinced that this exciting and new 50,000 sq ft store will dramatically improve Lancaster’s retail landscape as well as substantially increasing the footfall and spend within the city centre.

“Lancaster will additionally benefit through the creation of new full and part time employment opportunities.

“Marketgate Shopping Centre continues to evolve as the true heart of the city centre.

“Working closely with our building contractor, we will endeavour to ensure minimal disruption to our customers and retailers, whilst these exciting and essential works take place.”

Allied said they will give regular updates to keep shoppers informed of progress and provide directions for any temporary diversions to Marketgate Shopping Centre pedestrian access.