Wakefield Primark to expand - leaving uncertain future for WH Smith and Waterstones

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Primark is expanding its store in Wakefield’s Ridings Shopping Centre - leaving the future neighbouring retailers in doubt.

The cut-price clothes retailer has signed a deal to expand into space currently occupied by WH Smith and Waterstones.

The Express understands that the newsagent and book shop are in talks with Ridings bosses, who hope to relocate them within the centre.

In a deal announced today (Thursday) Primark will boost the size of its store to 28,500 sq ft, a 40 per cent increase in its retail space.

Ridings bosses said they were expecting new jobs and an increase in the number of shoppers visiting the centre.

Centre manager Barbara Winston said: “Primark has always been a firm favourite with our shoppers and we’re thrilled that the brand is expanding their store here within The Ridings.

“This latest deal demonstrates Primark’s commitment to the Ridings, which will further enhance the fashion offer at the Centre.”

A Primark spokesperson said: “Primark is delighted to be in a position to extend its store in the Ridings Shopping Centre. This extension will enable us to offer customers more space, more style and more savings for all the family.”

Mark Holmes, of Ridings Centre owner Moofield Group, said: “The Ridings Shopping Centre currently achieves a strong footfall of 11 million per annum and we’re pleased that we have been able to support Primark on its expansion, which will no doubt increase the overall number of visitors.”

It was too early to give a figure on the number of new jobs created by Primark’s expansion.