By Adam Bergin
The opening of a Primark store in Edinburgh has been delayed due to issues with planning permission.
In October the budget clothes shop was set to start work on 91 Princes St, which Topman was using as a temporary site during the refurbishment of their original store.
A Primark Spokesperson said: “Subject to planning permission [the site] will undergo a complete refurbishment starting early next year”
“It is therefore likely that we won’t open for business until very late 2009”
It is thought that a leasing agreement has yet to have been made with M&S, who still own the building.
The city is known to have been the Irish company’s prime target in the UK for a new store for more than two years.
The prospect of a Primark store in Edinburgh has been received positively by Edinburgh’s residents.
Jennifer Raynor, a housewife from Morningside, said: “It’s strange that there isn’t one here already. There doesn’t seem to be any bargain clothes shops anywhere in Edinburgh”
Lee Booth, a student living in the Newington area, said: “You have to go all the way to Dunfermline at the moment to get to the nearest Primark. It will be much more convenient for me to have one in the city”
Edinburgh Evening News revealed on the 21st June that the store was expected to open before Christmas 2008. (http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/topstories/Primark-set-to-move-into.4210323.jp)
When the news was announced a Primark Spokesperson stated: “Edinburgh has been a major target for us and it’s been something of an embarrassment that we have not had a store in Scotland’s capital city”