PRIMARK has announced plans to open a new section in one of its south Essex stores.

The shop at Lakeside in Thurrock is one of 25 across the UK which is set to have a lifestyle and home section fitted.

It will include furniture such as chairs, sideboards, shelving units, and side tables as well as other items such as mirrors, rugs, wall art, lights, and shades.

Bosses say the new range will offer the latest interior design trends at “pocket-friendly prices.”

Speaking about the expansion of Primark, trading director Paul Baldwin said “There has been exceptional growth within our home and lifestyle department over the past 18 months as people have spent more time in their home.

"Naturally we wanted to keep up with this growing customer demand and expand our offering into small furniture and several other new categories.”

He added: “Delivering extended ranges in newly created spaces within selected stores will help establish Primark as a growing destination not only for great home and lifestyle accessories at amazing prices but also for larger statement and functional pieces to complete a room.”