Primark asking public for store design ideas

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What the Primark shop may look like

By Cara Sulieman

CHEAP fashion favourite Primark is asking the public to tell them what their new store in the capital should look like.

Under new laws set by the Scottish Government last year, all proposed large developments have to undergo a long public consultation before the plans are submitted to the local authority.

And Primark have set up a special website for shoppers to leave their comments on the shop – both bad and good.

They said that this means that everyone will be able to influence the design of the final building.

“Give a voice”

The shop – which will be in the former Marks and Spencer space on Princes Street – is going to be completely refurbished by the company.

As it stands, there are only rough plans in place, leaving a lot of scope for the public to influence.

A Primark spokesman said: “Edinburgh is world-famous for its culture and architecture and is growing in importance as a shopping destination and we have long wanted a presence in the city.

“Since our plans are for a flagship store in an iconic location, it is important we hear all views and that the process is done thoughtfully and sympathetically.

“With this website we are using new social media tools to give a voice to anyone who has basic access to the internet. We don’t think anything like this has been done for a major retail planning application in Edinburgh before.

“Our hope is to hear from local community groups, heritage watchdogs, business leaders and anyone with the city centre’s interests at heart. That way we can deliver a store which is good for shoppers, good for Princes Street and good for the future of the city.”

The company held two public meetings on Princes Street last month to showcase their plans.

Anyone interested in giving their opinion on the shop can do so at http://www.primarkedinburgh.co.uk

When the 70,000 square foot store opens in August 2011, 570 jobs will be created.

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