I have a confession to make... I hate shopping. I hate looking around shops, I hate trying things on, I hate the desperation of not finding anything I like (I'm not fussy, as long as it's nice and it fits) and I hate it when you find that great dress and it has a ridiculous price tag. That's where Primark shines...
I have relied on Primark for bits and pieces ever since I got to Birmingham. We didn't have an incarnation of the bargain chain store in Milton Keynes, so as soon as I came to Bham in 2003 - my eyes were opened to a world of cheap clothes, shoes and accessories.
There are a few staples I always pick up from here. Their black socks, underwear (not the bra's though - they don't last very long at all), leggings and cardigans are a must and I pop in here once every couple of months to stock up on these essentials. That being said, I have had some other lovely things from here including dresses, skirts and licensed character t-shirts which have always been at a good price and have lasted long enough to justify the price tag.
Now, the negatives. This store is like a jumble sale 99% of the time. If you're looking for an item in a particular size, you could spend hours going through all the items on the incorrect hangers or rummaging through piles of miscellaneous garments to find the thing you want.
The staff are pretty hit and miss too. I have actually come across bright eyed and helpful members of their team before but have also experienced grumpy folk who refuse to help or just want you to buy your items and leave.
As a top tip, head to Primark first thing of a morning (even Saturday is more tolerable) or last thing at night. First thing in the morning the stuff is fairly well organised and last thing at night it's like a ghost town (so you won't get rammed by other shoppers/buggies whilst you are browsing). At the end of the day, you get what you pay for in Primark and when I have snagged skirts for as little as £1, it's worth a bit of hassle for that wonderful moment when you actually find something you like.
This branch of Primark can get really busy at the weekends (people seem to flock here!) so if you want a leisurely walk around without having to negotiate around someone to get to an item I would suggest going during the week.
There are three levels to this store. The main entrance is where all the ladies clothes and accessories are, bottom level shoes, household items and baby clothes and upper level men's.
There are plenty of cashier desks, with waiting time being 10 minutes or more at the weekend.
Fitting room staff are helpful and friendly.
A good place to pick up some accessories at a great price.
this place is always so manic - the clothes are strewn about, the staff arent very helpful when ive been in, the store just looks a bit like a mess.
i much prefer the coventry store, it's much bigger and better laid out, there is more space to move around when it gets busy and it really gets busy in here!
But it does what it says on the tin!
Primark is the Ross of the UK. Good discounts, and decent clothes, but you have to hunt for it. One thing I did learn about my trip to Birmingham:
NEVER GO SHOPPING ON A SATURDAY WHEN THE WEATHER IS NICE.
I actually started to have a mild anxiety attack in the store. So many people leaving/coming and pushing into each other. Screaming babies, prams. OMG. So yeah, leave the shopping for rainy days or during the week.
Aside from the crowded space, this Primark was actually really good sized. I was able to find exactly what I wanted (some dresses, clothes for work) in a relatively short amount of time. The cheaper/sale clothes are typically on the ground floor, and the more expensive clothes are on the 1st.
Definitely a cool Primark to shop at for selection and prices.
This Primark is the worst I have EVER been too!
Its really messy and unorganised. The clothes can generally be found in a big messy pile or on the floor. The layout of the shop is terrible. Womans clothes are spread between the 2 floors and the guys section is tinyand the ques are always huge!
I really dont like this shop. If you want to go to Primark then I highly suggest going to the one in Hanley,Stoke on Tent.
This is one of the biggest Primark stores I have been in. They have a huge selection of stuff at great prices and there is an upstairs to the store as well.
The downside is that it is always packed and clothes get strewn everywhere. Staff seems very slow to tidy the mess up. There is also a long queue to pay but I guess you get that in all Primark stores.
You can pick up some great bargains in there.
I like a bargain as much as the next person, but I can't bring myself to set foot in this particular branch of Primark - queues seem to snake all over the store, staff are supremely unhelpful and its overall similarity to a jumble sale would surely destroy any glee you might experience should you manage to find what you were looking for in the first place!
I've been to other, better laid out and better staffed branches, so perhaps it's just a case of wrong place wrong time.
Ever seen that episode of friends, the one where Rachel's looking for monica's bargain wedding dress? She becomes so distressed she has to hide amongst the clothes while screaming.. 'These baragin shoppers are crazy'
Well that is a good description of shopping in Primark. The clothes are screwn everywhere, you have to queue to get to touch any of the clothes and don't even think about heading over to the accessories section.
That said, the store is reknown for it's cheap clothes, underwear and shoes. Some of the pieces are excellent copies of what would sell in another high street store for three times the price. The collections change frequently and Primark's director definitely has his finger firmly on fashions pulse.
With prices at rock bottom across the board, one has to wonder where these clothes are being made and who by.. and at what price?
This is one of the busiest Primark Stores I've ever been into. The stock is generally in a complete mess and you can't find what you are looking for, the staff just don't seem to bother one the store has opened.
Queuing for the checkouts is also particularly painful, whatever time of day your visit the queues always seem to be huge and the serving staff very slow at processing.
The store also never seems to get any of the special items that are advertised in magazines. Altogether there are definitely better Primark stores to be found, although this one can be useful if you are short on socks or jewellery.
Always really busy and crammed full of people, but not bad.
I love this shop, but would advise anyone to get there first thing in the morning because it quickly looks like a jumble sale after a few hours of opening the doors.
The prices are unbeatable and you could kit a child out for about £60 thats including everything.
They also bedding, cushions, throws and pictures.
I have found that the kids clothes come up a little big.
Never ever go on a saturday they queues are so long they go all the way down to the back of the shop
Yes it's cheap, and everyone else is wearing it, and the quality may not be the best, and it's often similar to sorting through a jumble sale, but for holiday clothes, an emergency going-out outfit, or simply to stock up on little black t-shirts for work, this place is the best.
It has an absolute multitude of clothing, and the prices are simply unreal - you can get an outfit, including shoes, jewellery, bags and other accessories, for under £20 - and THAT my friends, is truly bargainous.
Primark also copies the latest fashions from the main high street stores, and the designer brands, so you can more often than not get exactly the same look for a fraction (and I mean a fraction) of the price.
Primark has a fantastic selection of ladieswear, menswear, kidswear and homewear. I go there all the time as they seem to get new stock in quite often.
Me and my other half love this place - so cheap and cheerful! We love their pyjamas especially, and their cheap underwear isn't bad either.
The quality is good for the price - the clothes might not last forever, but that means you can always look a bit more up to date and fashionable. The only negative point is that it is always busy and not enough staff on tills. Also it can get a bit messy with clothes lying flung around the displays and on the floor too.
Primark ,New street Birmingham, 24/03/2012, Friday, I don't really think that anyone will see such disgusting customer service ever again , even though , Primark is a cheap shop, but now it turns to sh****t shop. We have bought so many Items and the cashier had mixed them up together so badly that it was kind of impossible to release the Item from each other.
If had option I would never even give one star!!! God knows why!
Hey, I know that Primark is not particularly cool in some circles but I for one am a big fan.
Birmingham is one of the best I have been in too.
The clothes are such good value that you can get a new wardrobe full for around £150, including shoes and accessories. Be wary of the jewellery in terms of longevity - everything I have ever bought has broken after a couple of wears. However for £1-£2 I feel thats acceptable - it truly brings meaning to disposable fashion.
The kids department is excellent. When they grow out of stuff so quickly (god I sound like MY mum now!) you cant beat t-shirts for £2 and £1.50. Everytime we go on holiday I buy my son about ten new tops from here and then it doesnt matter if they get stained with icecream or ripped etc,. Life is too short to get wound up huh?
Yes, you have to scour through alot of junk at times to find what you really want in the ladieswear dept but its worth the effort. I love nothing more than a bargain so its a big thumbs up from me.
The downside - it gets really trashed- the staff do their best but its like trying to paint the Forth bridge. Its a good idea to go first thing in the morning really for ease of shopping I have found. Also a top tip - The girls at work have been known to book a thursday off and earmark it 'Primark day'. I have to say I have never been sufficiently motivated to do the same but I have it on good authority from them that this is the main delivery day and the best time to find the newest trends. I obviously lack dedication!!
Birmingham's Primark is huge in size, but is also a huge mess! So, although the prices are seriously low, this store is one for those who delight in having to wade their way through piles of unordered clothes.
Primark is always worth a look and this store is massive. It spreads across two floors with home and childrens downstairs and womens upstairs. The quality is admittedly not of the highest standard but for the price all the items are more than worth purchasing! I managed to pick up some winter boots here for £6 a while ago when I have paid much higher for similar ones elsewhere and now have two of these after buying them in a different Primark and being impressed with them. They do some fashionable kids clothes too and again at great prices
Not as good as the merry hill primark in terms of organization but they do have plenty of stock. As usual the price is very low and so is the quality. I am tending to buy less and less as it has a very poor life. Usually busy in here too but can be worth popping in for a 'bargain'.
Primark is a great store to grab a bargain! Everything is so cheap, the quality is ok aswell. This particulat store is not my favourite. there is not as much selection with the childrens clothes and shoes, or the jewellery. There are still great bargains to be had but the store seems very hectic. There are often clothes/coat hangers on the floor so its not very easy to get around with a pushchair. Last time I came here it was packed, and spend 20 minutes queuing.
I'm going to have to echo a couple of other reviewers in saying that although Primark can be fantastically cheap it's quality certainly suffers and this store suffers more than most with there layout being frankly terrible as you can barely walk through some of it without having to step over piles of clothes for sale. The store just ahs the feeling of chaos and there really isn't enough tills for the amount of customers and the queue can often be over 10 minutes (even longer around Christmas).
However it is a Primark and has many fantastic bargains if you can be bothered to put in the effort to find them.
This place is a godsend for families on a budget, has some great clothes, adults and childrens alike and some fantastic home bargains that arent just tat. Would not recommend shopping in there on a weekend with young children the place is chaos and its hard to keep a tab on another adult let alone a young child who wants to wander to see what delights the store holds. This place wont break the bank and even if there is a huge queue they tend to go down fairly quickly even if the people in front have twenty items in their baskets.
This is a fantastic shop with two floors of bargins. They stock mens womens and childrens clothes and accesories as well as household items such as bedding. All clothes are really cheap and I often wonder how other shops can jutify their prices in comparison. I find that now instead of picking up one or two items of clothes for my family fromother store to build up their wardrobe (due to many growth spurts!) I now just go here and stock up in one go for a fraction of the price. Also has great baby and toddler clothes that to be fair probably arn't as durable as other well known brands but as they grow so quickly isn't an issue. Only downside is that it can be untidy.
I dont even know why I gave it 2 stars. Probably because my mum manages to get some t shirts i can use for doing grubby things in such as decorating. very cheap, not chic,lol. i normally shop at mailbox but i think this shop is a complete joke. im surprised the queues arent starting from the edge of saltley! i have queue jumped once but i dont think its worth the hassle to even shop here. by the time you come to pay for your goods you probably would have earned £15 working therefore your £2 t-shirt has really cost you £17. il stick to Boots, House of Fraser and Mailbox.
i love primark for good clothes at cheap prices.
i find it good because they have a huge selection of items, including womans, mens, childrens and household items.
there is 3 floors in this particulary large primark, however the staff dont tend to understand what you say, they are a bit rude if im honest.
the layout is past a joke, clothes are all mixed up, all over the floors, the aisles are cramped(if u can call them aisles that is).
the queing is ridiculous, but if you do have the time and patience then you can get some really brilliant items.
i just love primark!we have a smaller one nearer to us but it doesnt have as good a selection.i usually do a few big stock up trips a year .you can go with £50 in your pocket and come out with bagfuls of stuff,theres not many places you can do that now.on three floors they have mens,womens,kidswear,home furnishings,shoes-everything.they also have the on trend range to keep up with the high street.the only thing i dislike is how busy it is,so try to pick your times -early morning is good!
Although Primark is great for bargain hunters the Primark in Brimingham City Centre can be really hectic (at thats on the weekdays!) The store is very chaotic and not set in the best layout.there are definately better stores elsewhere! That said it is great for high street fashion at low prices, with some fantastic copy items that you would see in places like Topshop but for a fraction of the price!
This shop can be a bit of a nightmare but still I go there. If I need some bargain baby gros or a basic top its great. I dont find the things that should fit well do fit me very well but you can be sure to find the basics you need. The queues are often long. It can get very messy, but thats more to do with people who throw the clothes around instead of looking at them carefully and putting them back rather than anything else. Probably worth getting there early. Quality seems ok, but I dont know about their ethics. Otehr primarks are better.
The Primark store in Birmingham is situated in the city centre, just outside the Bull Ring shopping centre. It is just around the corner from New Street train station and is therefore very central and easy to get to. The store is set over three levels and has both escalators and lifts so it is suitable for those with pushchairs and wheelchairs. The ladies section on the ground floor however always seems quite disorganised and even first thing in the morning the shelves are stands are often in a mess. This can make it very difficult to see what they are selling and I think the staff could do more to keep the clothes tidier. The shop is however extremely busy and can be a nightmare to get round once the crowds of shoppers pile in. The lower floor and upper floor are better organised and are much easier to manoeuvre around but the ground floor, where most of the ladies wear is situated, can be chaotic. The store sells some good bargains but they can be difficult to find due to the store being a bit messy and disorganised.
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