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The fast-fashion retailer known for low prices said it would open new stores in Bury St Edmunds, Craigavon, Salisbury and Teesside Park and refurbish others as part of a plan to create 850 jobs.

Primark also said it would relocate its stores in Bradford and High Wycombe to higher-profile sites and open a second dedicated Primark Home space, this time in its Liverpool store. (The first is in Merry Hill, West Midlands.)

The retailer, known for its low-price clothing, said it would also continue rolling out LED lighting across its UK stores in a bid to cut its carbon footprint by 2030.

Paul Marchant, the Primark chief executive, said: “The UK is our biggest market and, as we continue to grow and expand our business internationally, we remain as committed as ever to investing in our stores to offer more customers our great value clothing, beauty, homewares and much more.

Help for the high street?

“Busy towns and cities benefit us all – we want to see thriving high streets and shopping centres where people come together and enjoy spending time. Through today’s investment, we’re playing a part in ensuring that UK retail continues to grow and thrive and give people another reason to visit their local high street.”

Primark said it would also expand partnerships and collaborations including “WornWell by the Vintage Wholesale Company” and “Tasty by Greggs” cafés.

International expansion plans

The retailer opened its first store in England in 1973 and has grown to a chain of more than 190 throughout Britain. Primark also has shops in 13 other countries, with stores set to open in Romania and Slovakia this financial year, it said.