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This is the huge building that will house America's very first Penneys

Primark is set to open a flagship store in Boston.

PENNEYS IS CONTINUING its quest for world domination, with plans to open the first US stores by the end of next year.

Of course the outlets will be called Primark – it’s only the Irish arm of the chain that’s called Penneys. The flagship 70,000 sq ft shop will open in the historic Burnham Building in Downtown Crossing, Boston in 2015.

The building used to house Filene’s department store in the city. It’s currently undergoing massive redevelopment while maintaining the historic front, and is known as one of the city’s most enduring landmarks.

Renovation works stalled in 2008, but have since been restarted to include retail, office and living space.

Filene's Source: Flickr

7405480940_2cd3b4d51b_b Source: Flickr/Tim Sackton

Massachusetts Daily Life A worker on the facade of the Burnham Building in July 2013 Source: AP/Press Association Images

6082228097_ff14f52f09_b The corner of Filene's and Sons in February 1949 Source: Flickr/City Of Boston Archives

Boston, MA Filene's during renovation works in 2009. Source: Flickr

Primark’s owners Associated British Foods has said that negotiations are under way to open further stores in the north east of America, through to the middle of 2016

Primark currently operates in nine European countries.

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