Zero chance for another Primark

PRIMARK has dashed the hopes of hundreds of Rushden shoppers after saying there was "zero chance" of the chain taking over the town's empty Woolworths store.

A new group on social networking website Facebook, called Woolworths Rushden Should Now Become a Primark, has 358 members including students from Ferrers Specialist Arts College, Rushden Community College, Huxlow and Raunds Manor School, who wanted to see the clothing store open in their town.

But a spokesman from Primark told the Evening Telegraph: “I am sorry to disappoint people in Rushden but the catchment area is too small to meet our criteria. The chances of us opening are zero.”

There are only two Primark stores in the county; one in Northampton and the other in Corby, which opened in November.

Naomi Summers, 27, of Highfield Road, Rushden, is a member of the Facebook group. She said: “ I have been buying my clothes from Primark since I was a young girl, but I have to travel to Northampton if I want to shop there.

“The Woolworths is right in the middle of the town and if Primark opened there I know lots of people who would shop there.

“It would be brilliant.”

John Eldridge, 25, of Bedford Road, Rushden, also joined the group and said: “A lot of people use it and it would be a nice addition to the town.”