The wait is over! The new Primark store is open for business at the Broughton Shopping Park.
More than 550 shoppers queued to get their first look at Primark’s newest store in North Wales.
The doors to the Broughton store – the firm’s 300th branch – were officially opened at 10am to cheers from eager shoppers.
The Broughton Shopping Park store has created 184 jobs and is the sixth Primark store to open in Wales – the second in North Wales after Wrexham.
First in the queue today were Caroline Pierce, Wendy Wright and Sonya Sheen from Queensferry who were “ecstatic” to see the new store open.
Caroline SAID: “We’ve been here since 9.15am and I’ve got a holiday coming up in four weeks so I’m hoping to get my summer wardrobe.”
Sonya added: “I’m just so ecstatic it has come right on our doorstep. It can be really difficult to get into Chester which is the next nearest store as parking can be a nightmare and here there’s loads of free spaces.”
With 38,700 sq ft of retail space the store boasts clothing for men, women and children and a home section as well as health and beauty products and gifts.
Staff at the new store will also be the first in the UK to wear Primark’s brand new uniform.
Kari Rodgers, area manager of Primark, said: “We are really delighted to open our new Primark store in Broughton Shopping Park.
“It is a huge milestone with it being our 300th store and is a really exciting time for our staff and customers.
“We just cannot wait to welcome the customers through our doors and show them our store.”
Store manager Adrianna Szabłowska added: “This is a very exciting project which we have been preparing for for three months, and the end result is this amazing store which looks fabulous.
“It is a very exciting day. I heard there was a lot of interest but it was a nice surprise to get 550 queuing up outside and I hope it continues.”
Breege O’Donoghue, group director for Primark, gave a speech to open the store saying that the new store will be the firm’s “pride and joy”.
She also told how 896 people applied for the 184 positions at the store.
Alan Barker, deputy centre manager at Broughton Shopping Park, told of his hopes that Primark will attract new shoppers to the retail park.
He said: “Primark’s opening will reinforce Broughton’s reputation as one of the region’s leading shopping destinations for top fashion brands.”