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A Look Inside the New Primark King of Prussia Megastore, From The Perspective of a 16-year Old

Image © Kathleen Jordan

The Irish have landed in Pennsylvania. Today Primark opened its second store in the U.S. at the King of Prussia mall. The design team was invited to share in the private opening event prior to the grand opening. Breege O'Donoghue, Group Director Business Development & New Markets, made opening remarks, inaugurating the 103rd store of the 46-year old chain. The Irish Ambassador to the US, Anne Anderson, was on hand to fete the new store and congratulate the Dublin-based retailer. She recounted shopping at the first Primark store, then called Penneys, in Dublin in 1969 at the age of 17. She said that even then it offered fashionable clothes at affordable prices, which she appreciated as a young student with meager means.

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Hey U.S., Are You Ready For #PRIMANIA?

The fast fashion retailer, Primark, enters the U.S. market with King of Prussia Flagship. Photo via Instagram (@primark)

Today, Primark opens its Flagship location in Pennsylvania’s King of Prussia Mall, one of the largest retail malls in the United States. The opening marks the second store of the planned rollout of the Dublin-based retailer’s entrance into the U.S. market. It’s also the first of the new U.S. prototype, designed by Gensler. There are six additional locations planned for 2016, each of which will be variations of the King of Prussia Flagship design. Here’s a rundown of what to expect during your trip to the Flagship, as well as descriptions of some of the design elements that we are most excited about.

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Talking Mixed-Use with J.F. Finn, III

Gensler is designing a dynamic mixed-use development of approximately 2,000,000 square feet that will occupy the site of the original Boston Garden. Image © Gensler

J.F. Finn is a designer with 30 plus years of experience in complex mixed-use projects. He led the design of MGM Resorts’ $8.4 billion CityCenter Las Vegas development, the largest privately-funded project in the United States, and is now playing an integral role in Gensler’s work at the site of the original Boston Garden. Boston’s answer to Madison Square Garden in the 1920s, “The Garden” was the epicenter of Boston’s basketball and hockey history.

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Would You Like Fries with That?

Byron burgers uses a variety of bespoke graphics and interiors.

My favourite thing about London is the variety of food you can find within the city. Long gone are the popular days of the almighty Golden Arches. Instead a new food trend has hit the streets. Much like there’s a Starbucks on every corner, there are now artisan burger joints peppered throughout the capital. Our favorite fast food has graduated to a higher level of prestige and the results are mouth-watering!

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Biophilic Design: Why Nature Matters

Image © Lorraine Francis

Today’s society is more urban, digital and fast-paced than ever before. The downside of this is the overall loss of our connection to nature and the outdoors. As designers, we have a role and an opportunity to positively affect the fundamental ways people interact with space. We can accomplish this by creating spaces to live, work and play that incorporate elements of the natural environment into the overall experience.

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