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Primark to double presence at Westfield Stratford and create 250 new jobs

Tom Shearsmith
21 February 2023

Primark is set to double its presence at East London's Westfield Stratford, creating 250 new jobs and expanding from 45,100 sq ft to 81,000 sq ft.

The value retailer is set to complete the expansion by early 2024, promising customers "more of the great style and incredible value they love the most."

The expansion will see Primark grow from a two floor unit to four floors, presumably taking over the double height unit above its current location, currently occupied by River Island. Further details about the store will be announced later this year.

The larger Westfield location, which will measure over 80,000 sq ft, is even bigger than the 76,850 sq ft pitch at neighbouring London Stadium, the home ground for West Ham.

The announcement forms part of Primark’s £140 million investment in the UK high street, which will see the retailer create at least 850 new jobs and increase its selling space by more than 160,000 sq ft over the next two years.

Primark has already committed to opening at least four new stores over the next two years, with new stores located in Bury St Edmunds, Craigavon, Salisbury and Teesside Park. It will also relocate its Bradford and High Wycombe stores to better locations.

Kari Rodgers, Primark Retail Director UK, said: “After setting out an ambitious investment plan a few months ago, it’s exciting that we can now reveal another one of the stores set to benefit. We’re looking forward to extending our offering at Westfield and giving shoppers in Stratford even more of the great style and incredible value they love the most.” yesterday confirmed the closure of NEXT's store at Westfield Stratford. 

Meanwhile, fashion giant Zara is to expand its presence at Westfield Stratford and open another unit. The new store will be located on the first floor, next door to Primark and the upcoming Giulio store.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, owners of Westfield Shopping Centres, saw 2022 tenant sales reach 103% compared in pre-pandemic 2019 levels, citing the "end of any COVID effect" on its business.

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