Is it Primark? Plans in for major new development in Truro
HIGH street giant Primark is planning to set up shop in the centre of Truro, the West Briton understands.
A planning application has been submitted for the redevelopment of four shops on Lemon Quay into one superstore.
The company behind the development refused to disclose the identity of the new occupant, but the West Briton has been told by several well-placed sources that fashion giant Primark is in the frame.
The plans would involve converting and extending the space currently occupied by Peacocks, Truro Fabrics, Tony Pryce Sports and Whirlwind Sports to make a 50,000sq ft store.
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Michael Moran, asset manager for Corbo Properties, owners of the Lemon Quay site, said: "The occupant we are working with would be a very attractive addition to the Truro retail line-up – that is without question. It's an international chain.
"But we are not able to make a comment as to who it is."
The plans for the site involve extending the building at the back and adding another floor, which Mr Moran said would be hidden from view.
The redevelopment work is expected to take approximately 12 months if Cornwall Council grants planning permission.
The West Briton contacted the four shops which currently occupy the site but none wished to comment apart from Truro Fabrics.
Rob Millbank from the store said it would look to relocate within the town centre.
Mr Moran said he had been involved in a "long and positive" dialogue with the affected parties.
Neil Scott, from the Totally Truro Business Improvement District, hailed the development as "good news".
He said: "It's yet another indication of the high level of desirability of Truro as a retail destination."
Mr Scott pointed to the recent opening of the White Company in St Nicholas Street and the imminent arrival of restaurants Sam's in the City and Truro Lounge as further proof of the success of Truro.
"Despite the tough trading environment everyone is experiencing right now, Truro is maintaining its record as a top trading destination," he added.
Mr Scott could not confirm Primark were the occupants. "Of course there is speculation about who this major international brand would be and we can all hazard a guess," he said.
A spokesman for Primark did not wish to comment.