Adored by fashion fans and value seekers alike Primark is widely established as the destination store for keeping up with the latest looks without breaking the bank. We offer a diverse range of products, stocking everything from baby and kids, to womens, mens, home ware, accessories, beauty products and confectionery.
Primark opened its first store in Dublin in 1969 under the name Penneys and today operates in over 270 stores in nine countries in Europe and growing with the first US store opening in Boston in 2015. Primark is our company name and identifies our entire company, while Penneys is a trading name that is used in the Republic of Ireland only. You may have noticed that when we used the name Penneys in Ireland we always follow this with 'Operated by Primark' which you can see on our shopping bags.
1969 - first store opens in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland now has 38 Primark (Penneys branded) stores in total.
1973 - first store opens in Derby, UK. The UK now has 161 Primark stores in total.
May 2006 - Madrid, Spain. Spain now has 35 Primark stores in total.
Dec 2008 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Netherlands now has 5 Primark stores in total.
May 2009 - stores open in Lisbon, Portugal and Bremen, Germany
Dec 2009 - Liege, Belgium opens, our first and currently only store in the country
Sep 2012 - Innsbruck, Austria. Dec 2013 - sees our first store open in France, in Marseilles.
Spring 2014 - Two new stores open in Paris, France. Store design We've come a long way with our store design over the years too. Our Oxford Street East store opened in September 2012 and is the second Primark store in Oxford Street operating over 82,400 sq ft. Much of the buzz surrounding the opening was a result of the store's exciting new look, with the UK press branding it 'Primark's posh new store'. One of the main attractions and something we're very proud of is our giant LED lift wall, which is made up of 2.9 million LED's playing our latest seasonal campaigns. To date the largest store that Primark operate worldwide is Manchester, which occupies a retail space of 155,000 sq ft (14,400 m2) spread over three floors.
Primark also run concessions in Selfridges, Birmingham, Manchester and London. Our Responsibility We aim to make our employees, suppliers and local and wider communities part of our success by working with them in every way we can.
This means that:
- employees have equal opportunities based on merit
- suppliers are treated fairly - local communities are respected and supported by Primark
- the company takes its environmental responsibilities seriously Ethical Trading Initiative Our membership of the Ethical Trading Initiative is testament to our determination to succeed on our own merit and not at the expense of others.
Local community support Primark supports many local charitable organisations, community projects, families and individuals across the UK and Ireland throughout the year. Requests for contributions are received on a daily basis and we try to support as many as we can including those involving children, education, people with disabilities, healthcare and the elderly. We also work with Job Centre Plus, which provides help and advice on jobs and training for people who can work and financial help for those who cannot. Packaging Waste Regulations Packaging Waste Regulations are designed to reduce the amount of packaging that goes into landfill. The Packaging Waste Regulations work on the principle of Shared Producer Responsibility - encouraging producers to take responsibility for their environmental impact. The Regulations require obligated producers to pay a proportion of the cost of the recovery and recycling of their packaging. The level of obligation depends on the stage of the chain at which the packaging is brought into the country. Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Primark participates in a scheme operated by Valpak which ensures the company's full compliance with the obligations of the UK Waste Management Packaging Regulations to recover packaging waste. Republic of Ireland. Penneys, the name under which Primark operates in Ireland, participates in a similar scheme operated by Repak. This ensures the company's full compliance with the obligations of the Republic of Ireland Waste Management Packaging Regulations. Repak is an approved body for the recovery of packaging waste and assumes responsibility to fund the recovery/recycling of packaging on Penneys' behalf. Carrier bags We are progressively replacing plastic carrier bags with paper bags, thus reducing further our impact on the environment.
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