Take a sneak peek inside Colchester’s new Primark store ahead of the opening on Thursday, February 9

Preview tour of the new Primark Store in Colchester Lion Walk on Wednesday before the opening on Thu

Preview tour of the new Primark Store in Colchester Lion Walk on Wednesday before the opening on Thursday morning

National clothing store Primark throws open its doors to shoppers tomorrow with the launch of a new store in Colchester.

A special opening event will take place at the new premises in Lion Walk Shopping Centre at 9am tomorrow, with invited guests treated to a tour of the new store before a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Store manager Wayne Franklin outside the shop

Store manager Wayne Franklin outside the shop

The shop will officially open its doors to customers at 10am, with many shoppers expected to take their first look inside the new premises.

Home department

Home department

Primark is taking over the area formerly used by British Home Stores (BHS), a company which went into administration last year.

Childrens department

Childrens department

Previously, Colchester shoppers were forced to travel to Ipswich, Chelmsford or Lakeside shopping centre for a Primark store.

Lingerie department

Lingerie department

Primark own more than 290 stores in 11 different countries, with its largest store located in Market Street, Manchester.

Mens department

Mens department

The clothing chain bought the Littlewoods retail stores for £409m in 2005.

Kayleigh Street preparing the denim department

Kayleigh Street preparing the denim department

Staff posed as customers in the waiting and phone charging area

Staff posed as customers in the waiting and phone charging area