Primark announces opening date of second store in Belfast following fire

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Primark has announced the opening date of a second store in Belfast after its former flagship outlet in the city was devastated in a fire.

The blaze at the Bank Buildings in August resulted in a cordoned-off zone around the historic building, which saw the city centre effectively split in two and a drop in footfall figures.

The retailer confirmed that an investigation into the fire remains ongoing five months on.

Belfast Primark fire
Belfast Primark fire

In a statement, Primark said it is assisting the NIFS (Northern Ireland Fire Service) and HSENI (Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland) with their ongoing investigation.

“We await the outcome and final report,” they added.

In December, more than 1,000 people queued on Castle Street for the opening of the first Primark store in Belfast city centre since the fire.

New Primark store in Belfast
New Primark store in Belfast

On Friday, Primark announced a second store will open on Donegall Place on April 16.

“Donegall Place opens in addition to our store on Castle Street, which started trading in December following the fire at Bank Buildings in August, 2018,” a statement from the retailer said.

“Primark would once again like to thank the whole community in Belfast for their support over recent months.

Belfast fire
Belfast fire

“We will announce more details about the Donegall Place opening in the coming weeks.”