SHOPPERS in Halifax town centre have welcomed plans for a Primark store.
Bargain hunters have to travel to Bradford, Huddersfield or Leeds to visit the cut-price clothes shop, an inconvenience they say takes footfall away from the town.
Leanne O’Neill, 22, of Holywell Green, said: “It’s too far and too much on the bus.
“If we had one it’d be packed here every day instead of just on a Saturday.”
Zoe Matthews and Leanne Tinnion, both 22, agreed that opening a branch of the store could attract more shoppers – and potentially more retailers.
“There are no decent shops around here. Everyone goes away and you see them coming back off the bus with armfuls of Primark bags,” said Leanne, mum of Kaiden, two, and Harvey, five months.
She and Zoe, mum of Kiera, two, and Aiden, six weeks, said they liked the shop because it sold affordable children’s clothes.
Carla Morris, mum of Ethan, four, and Austin, one, shared their view.
“The kids get their clothes mucky so quickly and you can pick up a t-shirt in there for £1,” she said.
“They just end up growing out of them anyway.”
She said she prefers shopping in Halifax to Bradford, where she lives, and only shops in the city to visit Primark.
“I think it’d be really popular,” she said.
Alissa Procter, 24, and Amy Hartley, 29, also said they would like to see a branch opened - but not at the expense of Halifax Central Library.
“There needs to be a few more clothes shops in general, but it should go elsewhere,” said Amy.
As reported in Wednesday’s Courier, Broad Street Plaza developer the Gregory Group wants to demolish the building along with Northgate House to make room for the store. A replacement library and archive would be built at Broad Street.
The idea has provoked a storm of controversy with Halifax MP Linda Riordan branding it “insane” and many readers agreeing.
But dozens of people have also argued in favour of the plans, which they believe could revitalise the town.
Tricia Whiting emailed: “It’ s what we need to stop Halifax dying a death.
“I have been to Halifax on a Sunday many times and there are hardly any shops open, whereas Huddersfield has many open and some of the shops are the same.”
Yvonne Mallinson wrote on the Courier’s Facebook page: “It’s affordable fashion and for fussy kids of today, whose parents work hard to provide, it’s a great store to get good value.”