Planning approval has officially been granted for the Primark development in Omagh town centre. The application for the new Arvalee school on the Lisanelly Shared Education Campus was also passed by council on Monday night.
The arrival of Primark is part of a major development planned for the SuperValu premises in Market Street.
This move will not only bring a significant jobs boost to the area, but will also help attract shoppers to the town centre.
O’Kane Supermarkets Ltd which owns SuperValu in Omagh formally announced the plans to the Ulster Herald in October, revealing a major capital investment and business expansion of their own supermarket premises at Market Street Omagh which will also bring Primark to the town.
The new Primark store will create more than 30,000 square feet of retail space for Primark and the SuperValu supermarket will undergo extensive refurbishment and upgrade to continue to provide a much enhanced and comprehensive supermarket shopping experience in the town centre. The completed development will have the Cellar Off Licence and retain the very busy and vital Post Office as well as a new cafe
Store manager John Wallace said this is excellent news for the town centre and will lead to significant and very much needed job creation initially, in the construction phase and in new employment opportunities when the development works are completed in the coming months.”
“This announcement is a welcome and exciting positive boost to the retail offering in Omagh. The inevitable increase in footfall that such a prestigious operator as Primark will draw to the town will certainly bring substantial benefits to the entire town centre and we are absolutely delighted to incorporate this highly regarded tenant in our own overall store development plans”.
West Tyrone Ulster Unionist MLA Ross Hussey also welcomed the approval of this development in Omagh, which he said will both save and create new jobs.
He said “We have been aware of the various changes that have been proposed in the SuperValu store for some time. The management of the store must be congratulated for the way they countered earlier rumours and they must be congratulated for their commitment to this town centre development.
“We welcome of course the decision of Primark to locate a store in Omagh and more specifically the town centre. These two developments ensure the future of this business in the town and shows that with determination and co-operation an agreement can be reached to develop in the town. The 13 week turnaround is excellent.
“The approval of the new Arvalee School will bring joy to the hard working staff and pupils of the school. The Arvalee family are unique and I wish the principal his team and pupils a quick turnaround and a new school build as quickly as possible. These planning permissions will bring the opportunity for some jobs in construction in Omagh and all jobs are welcome in these difficult times. I look forward to further developments on the Lisanelly site.”
SDLP MLA Joe Byrne said Primark will be a major retail attraction for the town and should increase the shopping footfall.
He continued, “At a time when so many town centres across the north are struggling, it’s encouraging to have a major retailer that wants to create a presence in Omagh. It illustrates a confidence in the town and would also create much needed jobs.”