WORK is in full swing to convert Chester’s former Woolworths into a Primark clothes store.
The store, which will open next year, will see the creation of 200 jobs.
Cheshire-based Pochin Construction has been awarded the contract by landlord Redevco UK to transform the building over six months.
Pochin’s business strategy director Antony Pochin said: “As contractors for Liberty’s HQ Chester scheme, we have extensive experience in dealing with historical sites, a factor which proved key in helping us win the job.
“A watching brief will be in operation during the construction process, whereby an archaeologist is employed to monitor the excavation and preservation of archaeological remains.”
Redevco UK Ltd submitted planning proposals for the refurbishment of the front elevation of the Woolworths building alongside the construction of a 6,000 sq ft first floor rear extension in 2008.
Planning was subsequently achieved for the rear extension in December 2008 followed by the front elevation in February 2009.
Meanwhile, there was bad news in the High Street this week after long-established French bakery and coffee house Cafe ‘fb’, formerly known as Deli-France, shut up shop in Northgate Street. Opposite, book shop The Works is also closing, but is relocating to Frodsham Street.