Shoppers brave the cold for Primark opening

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AROUND 300 shoppers braved sub zero temperatures this morning to queue for the opening of the new Primark store at MK1.

The 47,500 square foot store is the first of its kind in the city. It has employed 290 staff, 168 of whom were previously unemployed.

Allanna Arnill has recently been employed by the store – and loved it so much she even queued outside to use it this morning as a customer.

She said: “I’ve been waiting for a Primark in Milton Keynes for quite a few years. It’s really exciting because now people will have more choice, not the same old shops and it will be cheaper.”

The Primark store was constructed in just nine weeks with an average of 70 workers per day on the site.

Ben Mansfield, group sales and operations manager, said: “We have been keen to come to Milton Keynes for a number of years.

“We were just waiting for the right opportunity and the right building that could accommodate the scale of store we wanted to provide.

“We were aware of the demand because we get a lot of feedback from customers. We had 2,100 applications for positions here and we asked a lot of them about the need for a store in Milton Keynes.”