Thursday, March 9, 2017

News: Primark to open new Rotherham store


High street fashion chain Primark is to open a new store at Parkgate Shopping in Rotherham, relocating from the High Street in the town centre.

Sitting alongside M&S and Curry's/PC World, the new Primark store will occupy 33,100 sq ft of retail space over two levels and will create over 40 new jobs, bringing the total number of employees to 107.

Plans were approved earlier this year for alterations and a mezzanine level at Unit 14a which was vacated when national retailer BHS went into liquidation in 2016.

The design of the new store will build on Primark's latest contemporary shop fit and will include a new double-height glazed frontage and with signage zones and an extension to the mezzanine trading level. Primark has been the No. 1 named retailer that Parkgate Shopping customers would like to see introduced for a number of years.

Zvi NoƩ, director of Investments at BMO Real Estate Partners, said: "Since the purchase of Parkgate Shopping, we have been looking at ways of improving what it has to offer our customers. We are extremely excited to be welcoming a brand new Primark store. As one of the most desirable retailers in the UK, attracting a store of this size to Parkgate Shopping underlines the improvements we continue to make."

Works by the landlord are set to commence next week with the store opening later in 2017.


In a transaction worth around £175m, BMO Real Estate Partners (BMO) acquired Parkgate Shopping in September 2015 from the Hercules Unit Trust (HUT).

Following new branding and signage, the owners have committed to making significant changes in the coming year with the further injection of over £5m of capital investment. Work is already on site with the construction of a new Costa Coffee drive-thru in the car park outside Wilko's and Pets at Home and this is due to open in July.

Further capital is being invested in the old Brantano unit to accommodate Holland & Barrett and Shoezone to Parkgate Shopping and these works are nearing completion on site. These sub-division works include the replacement of the outdated frontages with modern, double-height glazed frontages, new signage zones and improvements to pedestrian access to these units whilst opening up sightlines.


Carolyn Sparshott, Asset Manager - Out of Town Retail at BMO Real Estate Partners, said: "We are passionate about Parkgate Shopping and ensuring it remains something that our local/loyal shoppers can be proud of.

"The arrival of Primark continues the success in bringing top retailers to Parkgate Shopping. This follows on from the redevelopment project for Nando’s and Subway, and continues the improvements to the retailer line-up (H&M, Card Factory and The Works) which were made during 2015/2016. With the arrival of Primark, Holland & Barrett, Shoezone and a new Costa Coffee Drive-thru in the next year, Parkgate Shopping continues to evolve and provide our shoppers with a first-class experience."

Primark website
Parkgate Shopping website

Images: BMO


Jon March 9, 2017 at 6:24 PM  

When are they going to improve the traffic in/around Parkgate Shopping

Anonymous,  March 10, 2017 at 1:45 PM  

Could we have HMV back please and WHSMITHS.

Anonymous,  March 10, 2017 at 8:24 PM  

Agreed! Bring back HMV. Should NEVER have gone. Waste of a unit bringing a shoezone!!

Unknown March 11, 2017 at 6:50 PM  

Would like to see a decent music/movie/game store. Asda and Morrisons offer limited options of these.

With the addition of Primark there are sufficent clothing stores, but would like to see something a little different.

What ia happening with the old Homebase unit?

Anonymous,  March 13, 2017 at 1:47 PM  

Another nail in the coffin of Rotherham town centre

Anonymous,  March 26, 2017 at 11:16 PM  

Love Parkgate but think it lacks somewhere decent to eat

Anonymous,  May 4, 2017 at 6:53 AM  

Needs roads sorting out never mind shops the roads cant cope with cars going into parkgate

Anonymous,  July 11, 2017 at 7:26 AM  

When primark opening day please

Anonymous,  August 4, 2017 at 10:07 AM  

Why do we need a shoezone? What a waste

Anonymous,  November 17, 2017 at 8:13 AM  

I wish its terrible

Anonymous,  November 2, 2018 at 4:45 PM  

When will something be done with the old Homebase
Maybe they could set it up as an indoor market for loads of small traders to offer something different
Could be worth a try Landlords could rent out small plots or maybe Rotherham Council could help with this as everything is doomed in the town centre

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