Clothes retailer Primark is to open its first store in Chester taking a former Woolworths shop owned by Redevco.

The retailer will occupy the building which is located on Foregate Street in the city centre.

Primark signed up to the building on the condition that planning would be granted for a 7,000 sq ft extension, which has now been given the go ahead by Chester City Council.

Work on the four-storey property will include a first floor extension to the rear of the building and the replacement of ground floor brickwork with a fully glazed shop frontage.

Manchester-based HOW Planning is planning adviser.

Richard Barton, senior planner at HOW Planning, said: 'This is great news for Chester Town Centre, particularly following the closure of Woolworths on a national basis.

'It is sad to see the end of Woolworths, but the arrival of Primark will create new job opportunities for local people, which is a great way to start the year.'