Primark has landed!

I went down to Broadmead this morning to witness the opening of Primark’s largest store yet.

The queue snaked round the store and was buzzing, Primark staff were handing out balloons and Starbucks were giving away free mini coffees. Although the fuss wasn’t as huge as I’d expected, the girl’s queuing up didn’t disappoint as they let out excited screams on their way into the store.

The store is huge, so big in fact, that the vast space swallowed up the droves of people who’d waited patiently for it to open. Once inside, they seemed to disappear and it felt more like a regular shopping day.
The store was immaculate, I’ve never seen Primark look so tidy – T-shirts and jumpers were folded with military precision, a far cry from the chaos that normally hits you as you walk in.
There were a handful of protesters, pushing their placards’ in the faces of the young girls as they went in and out of the store. Primark has always had a fragile relationship with the public due to their inexpensive, fast, throwaway fashion. Many believe that the people making the clothes are paying a high price for our cheap fashion fixes. The police were on standby to defuse any problems with them but it didn’t look like this was going to happen. The shoppers certainly didn’t seem to be affected by the placards as they came out with armfuls of bags!

There’s about 100,000 sq ft of space housing menswear, womenswear, childrenswear and homewear and the store has created 500 jobs for the people of Bristol. Many people hope that the opening of such a large store will increase footfall back into Broadmead, which has noticeably dropped since the opening of Cabot Circus.

Bristol already has a fantastic range of shops catering for all budgets, tastes and needs. Primark has just added to this, and it seems that Bristol has welcomed them with open arms.

Were you there? What did you think?