THE PROSPECT of Primark coming to Salisbury posted on the Journal website yesterday has met with a mixed reception from online readers and social media commentators.

Spurred by a tweet by Vicki Horrill the store itself responded to her plea to “answer Salisbury’s prayers and come to our beautiful city” with the line “we hear you and your request has been emailed on!”

However, a reader signing themselves as PerplexedofSalisbury on the Salisbury Journal website  commented: “It’s the opposite of what any town needs. Fast fashion and accompanying overconsumption is a major contributor to climate change. Business as usual ain’t gonna cut it.

"We’ve 10 years or less to trun this ship around. Stop buying what you don’t need! Buy less but buy better when you do need. Primark is cheap, poorly made crap that exploits you. The people who make it and our natural resources.”

Another response came from Smile’s Better who said: “My view on Primark is mixed. I would welcome a Bath style version, where staff seem to care, and the mess selfish or careless shoppers create is quickly put right.

“A well run and managed Primark would be amazing for young families struggling to make ends meet.”