Shoppers have enthusiastically welcomed news that discount clothing retailer Primark could be moving to Uxbridge.

Speculation is rife and anticipation high now that The Pavilions shopping centre has won permission for an overhaul to make way for a 'major national retailer'.

Neither Primark nor The Pavilions has so far been willing to confirm the rumours: that Primark is eyeing the giant premises that will be created in the shopping centre by consolidating 15 existing units.

But demand for the high street fashion store appears to be high among shoppers.

GetWestLondon hit the high street to canvas views on what it would mean for them were the rumours to be proved true.

Here's what they had to say.

Retired child-minder Helen Temple, 50, of Sedgewick Avenue, Hillingdon            

Retired child-minder Helen Temple, 50, of Sedgewick Avenue, Hillingdon

“I don't ever come to Uxbridge; I don't think shopping here is good and I hate trying to park. But I saw on Facebook a thing about Primark coming in and I think it would be good for the town overall.

“I don't go to Primark myself, but I know there's an awful lot of people who do. I do think it will bring more trade in town and this shopping centre needs something.

“I think a lot of people are desperate to see it.”

John Lewis press officer Carla Hodgins, 43, of Weald Road, Hillingdon

John Lewis press officer Carla Hodgins, 43, of Weald Road, Hillingdon

“I think it will bring business. The number of my friends who've said if we had a Primark they'd come to Uxbridge to shop... I think it puts my friends off from coming because there's no Primark.

“[The Pavilions] does need something. When I moved to Hillingdon I refused to come to Uxbridge. When they built The Chimes I thought I'd give it a go and I come here quite a lot now, but Primark would certainly draw some more shoppers back to the town.”

Retired mental health nurse Carol Berridge, 63, of Midhurst Gardens, Hillingdon

Retired mental health nurse Carol Berridge, 63, of Midhurst Gardens, Hillingdon
           

“I think it's a good idea. I think it will bring more people to this bit because unless you want Iceland or Wilkinson you just go into intu.

“I shop at Primark. I go to the Slough one. I usually just come here [The Pavilions] because I don't drive so I come into Uxbridge or I do it online.

“I think The Pavilions has just gone a bit downhill now. I only go in there for Wilkinson, then I come out and go into intu. I very rarely stay in there. But Primark would help because people would also start looking at the other shops.”

Brunel University design and brand management student Dragana Neshovska, 24

Brunel University design and brand management student Dragana Neshovska, 24

“Probably it would be good news because it will bring a lot of people. From what I can see, The Pavilions is really going down so it needs some improvements.

“On the inside it's lost its way so this would be a very good thing for The Pavilions and students, and the Uxbridge community.

“It will bring more people and make Uxbridge more lively because it's a big brand. People know it.”

Retired telephone engineer Ronald Jones, 83, of Morley Crescent, Ruislip

Retired telephone engineer Ronald Jone, 83, of Morley Crescent, Ruislip

“My wife would like it. I just tag on and pay the bill.

“The nearest one is in Harrow I think.

“But [The Pavilions] has got everything. We don't come daily or weekly, but it's competitive with all the other malls we've been to.

“The more shops that keep opening the better though.”