Hark Group has started constructing a 50,000 sq ft extension to the Primark store in Telford as a part of its regeneration of Telford town centre.

The store, in Telford Shopping Centre, which was bought by Hark Group and Apollo Real Estate Advisors in June 2007 for £422m, will be almost three times larger than the existing Primark.

Extending the shop is the first stage of redeveloping the shopping centre into the ‘The Round’, and also the first stage in the wider redevelopment of Telford Town Centre.

Hark Group, backed by Apollo is proposing an additional 600,000 sq ft of shops, 3,000 homes and a 300-room hotel as a part of the regeneation.