Pri­mark makes move into Pavil­ions cen­tre

Na­tional re­tailer set to open branch in re­fur­bished site from June 2016

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE mys­tery ‘ma­jor na­tional re­tailer’ poised to move into Uxbridge’s Pavil­ions shop­ping cen­tre, fol­low­ing a ma­jor re­vamp next year, has been re­vealed as Pri­mark.

A travel plan re­leased this week, as part of the plan­ning prepa­ra­tions for the re­de­vel­op­ment, in­di­cated that 15 ex­ist­ing Pav­il­ion shops will be con­sol­i­dated into one gi­ant unit to make way for the lynch­pin store.

It will al­low cloth­ing gi­ant Pri­mark to oc­cupy a 4,650sqm space over two-floors from June 2016 next year.

A spokesman for Pri­mark said: “Uxbridge pro­vides an ideal lo­ca­tion for Pri­mark as it meets our re­quire­ments for store lo­ca­tions and we be­lieve a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for our key de­mo­graph­ics.”

Plan­ning per­mis­sion for a dra­matic, whole­sale over­haul of the Pavil­ions was granted last Oc­to­ber.

The High Street shop­ping cen­tre, which is home to around 90 stores, was built in 1971 as an open roof fa­cil­ity.

It was re­fur­bished in the mid1980s when its open walk­ways were cov­ered with glazed roofs.

The cur­rent plans rep­re­sent the most sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment of the cen­tre in 30 years.

Prop­erty firm LaSalle In­vest­ment Man­age­ment bought the 32,568sqm Pavil­ions for £64.5m in 2013.

In doc­u­ments lodged with Hilling­don Coun­cil, LaSalle refers to 15 units in the Che­quers Square mall, some of which are empty, as not at­tract­ing enough shop­pers – but the new store will, it says.

Hilling­don Coun­cil, which would not con­firm or deny Pri­mark’s in­ten­tions, said: “We welcome the em­ploy­ment and in­ward in­vest­ment op­por­tu­nity a large for­mat store brings to the high street.

“On top of cur­rent lo­cal shop­pers, thou­sands of ad­di­tional cus­tomers could be vis­it­ing each week. Many will spend money with ex­ist­ing re­tail­ers, help­ing main­tain Uxbridge’s po­si­tion as a key shop­ping des­ti­na­tion.”

A travel plan and other facets of the de­vel­op­ment were ap­proved by the coun­cil’s head of plan­ning last Thurs­day.

The plan by ADL Traf­fic En­gi­neer­ing out­lines Pri­mark Stores as its client and as­sesses the ef­fects of the de­vel­op­ment on trans­port ca­pac­ity.

It states: “The store is cur­rently ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional from June 2016. The travel plan will be im­ple­mented by Pri­mark as soon as rea­son­ably prac­ti­cal and, in any event, no later than two months fol­low­ing first oc­cu­pa­tion of the de­vel­op­ment.”

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