SUNDERLAND’S £15million Primark will open its doors ahead of schedule and in time for Christmas.
Today marked the official completion of The Bridges’ expansion that will house a 60,000sq ft Primark shop.
The building has now been handed over to high street store bosses to start working on the inside layout of the store.
Primark has now announced the store will be open for business in time for Christmas instead of the planned 2013 launch.
Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges, said: “The handover to Primark marks a fantastic milestone for the centre and the completion on site confirms that The Bridges’ transformation is here.
“We are now the proud owners of an even bigger and greater shopping centre and has cemented The Bridges as a fashion hub in the North East.”
To celebrate the occasion, budding young roving reporters from Hudson Road Primary School were invited to produce an exclusive report from the development.
The Year 5 pupils were also invited to interview key players involved with the project.
The youngsters spent the morning interviewing Bridges’ staff and contractors Morgan Sindall and went on to produce a short film about what the expansion will bring to the city and its shoppers.
Mr Bradley added: “We’re always looking for ways to interact and share our news with our shoppers and the local community.
“The pupils from schools in Sunderland like Hudson Primary School are our shoppers of the future and it’s vital that we involve everyone in this exciting time at the Bridges.”
David Smailes, area director for Morgan Sindall, added: “The new Primark store is a key feature in the Bridges, and the site team is really pleased to see it completed ahead of schedule.
“It was a pleasure to see the pupils so engaged with the work achieved there.”