It might well be the most anticipated news of the year, but Bluewater has confirmed a new addition to its centre has taken a step forward.

Landsec has announced that Primark has leased a space in Thames Walk, close to House of Fraser, and is understood to be replacing the Early Learning Centre. 

Primark has, according to guest feedback, been one of the most consistently requested store by Bluewater's guests - so the news of its arrival should be welcome for many.

Russell Loveland, portfolio director at Landsec, co-owner and asset manager of Bluewater, said: “We are always looking for ways to enhance our offer, from securing new premium brands to ensuring we provide the very best of affordable fashion.

"By providing a comprehensive, relevant and engaging offer, from brands to experiences, we ensure Bluewater remains the number one destination.”

The announcement of Primark follows openings late last year by US brands Coach and Kate Spade.

There are already Primark stores in Dartford and Gravesend.

Primark is set to open in 2019.