After years of waiting, and an 18-week refit, York has its very own Primark.

The store opened at Monks Cross at 10am on Saturday (May 7) and was soon flooded with eager shoppers of every age.

The Lord Mayor of York Cllr Sonja Crisp did the honours, cutting the tape and declaring the 57,600sq ft Primark open.

Many of the 277 staff taken on by the store were there excitedly chanting the chain’s slogan: “Monks Cross York – easy, caring, fun!”

People started queuing nearly two hours before the doors were unlocked. First in the queue was Katrina Freeman who said she’d be back “every weekend at least!”

Wreathed in the flag – the Lord Mayor
Wreathed in the flag – the Lord Mayor
Staff line up for the opening on the escalators
Staff line up for the opening on the escalators

The Monks Cross store brings the number of Primark stores in the UK to 169 – and there are 307 around the world.

The next Primark landmark in York is the opening of the Coppergate store. That will most likely be in autumn – October or November – the regional manager told YorkMix.

First floor… menswear and more
First floor… menswear and more
More than just double denim
More than just double denim

With 53 changing rooms and 34 cash desks, Primark Monks Cross is designed and laid out in contemporary style.

There’s fashion for men, women and children, accessories, lingerie and homeware.

Employees have use of a kitchen area and free wi-fi.

A reflection of modern York
A reflection of modern York
First in the queue
First in the queue
The range on the ground floor
The range on the ground floor

Katherine Sharp, Monks Cross Shopping Park manager, said:

We are thrilled to have been able to welcome Primark to the centre.

It is one of the most eagerly anticipated store openings in the centre’s history, with significant excitement generated before the store was even opened, so we’re confident our customers with love our new addition.

Colourful summer wear
Colourful summer wear
Hats, bags and accessories
Hats, bags and accessories

Cllr Crisp said it was a “no brainer” to accept the invitation to open the store.

The jobs are welcome, and the ethos of stores like Primark is very welcome.

Talk of having Primark here has gone on for years in the council chamber, and outside the council chamber there’s been growing excitement.

The first shoppers queue for bargains
The first shoppers queue for bargains
A map of York near the tills
A map of York near the tills
Ready to take your cash
Ready to take your cash
A modern look
A modern look
In the changing rooms
In the changing rooms
Children are well catered for
Children are well catered for
The lifts to another floor of fashion
The lifts to another floor of fashion
Let the bargain hunt begin
Let the bargain hunt begin