Primark’s new flagship store in Amsterdam opened back in 2016, after about 3 years of building work in the former C&A complex. The location of Primark Amsterdam is at Damrak 77, opposite Beursplein and very close to Dam Square. It is a 5-10 minute walk from Amsterdam Central station.
Primark is a discount clothes store from Ireland which has become very popular in the UK and internationally with around 300 stores worldwide. Primark has been present in the Netherlands for a number of years but previously lacked an Amsterdam store.
At 8,800m² in floor space spread over 8 floors, the Primark Amsterdam store is now the largest Primark in the Netherlands.
Multiple entrances are on Damrak, the parallel Nieuwendijk street and the beautifully renovated Beurspassage which connects both streets.
Opening times of Primark Amsterdam: 0900-2200 Mon-Sat, 0900-2000 Sun.
Primark shares the building with the C&A store.
Primark stores near Amsterdam
There are also 2 Primark stores a short distance from Amsterdam and accessible by public transport.
Primark Zaandam – Zaandam is just a 12 minute train ride north of Amsterdam. The Primark store is at Ankersmidplein 7, Zaandam. It’s just a short walk down from the exit of Zaandam station. Open daily: Mon (1100-1830); Tue/Wed/Fri (0900-1830); Thu (0900-2100); Sat (0900-1800); Sun (1100-1700).
From Amsterdam Central station there are up to 8 trains per hour to Zaandam and a day return costs €5.40 (2018 price) + €1 for a disposable ticket. For more on how to buy a Dutch train ticket see here.
Primark Hoofddorp – Hoofdorp town is just 5 minutes by train west of Amsterdam Schiphol airport or just over 20 minutes from Amsterdam Central. From Hoofddorp station you then need to walk about 15 minutes to the main shopping area.
The store address is Winkelcentrum Markthof, Marktplein 254, Hoofddorp. Open: Mon (1000-1800); Tue/Wed/Thu/Sat (0900-1800); Fri (0900-2100); Sun (1100-1800).
Listing: Every Primark Store in the Netherlands
With the Amsterdam store included, there are a total of 20 Primark stores in the country. Here is a complete listing of all locations of Primark shops in the Netherlands:
Primark Amsterdam – Damrak 77, 1012 LM Amsterdam
Primark Almere – Metropolestraat 11, 1315 KK
Primark Alkmaar – Laat 128, 1811 EL
Primark Arnhem – Ketelstraat 45, 6811 CZ
Primark Dordrecht – Modepassage Drievriendenhof 16, 3311 NM
Primark Eindhoven – Vestdijk 2, 5611 CC
Primark Enschede – H.J Van Heekplein 90, 7511 HN
Primark Groningen – Westerhaven 44, 9718 AC
Primark The Hague – Spui 50, 2511 BS
Primark Hilversum – Hilvertshof 35, 1211 ER
Primark Hoofddorp – Marktplein 254, 2132 CX
Primark Nijmegen – Plein 1944 No. 136, 6511 JH
Primark Rotterdam Alexander – Poolsterplein 100, 3067 LW
Primark Rotterdam Zuidplein – Zuiderterras 147-151, 3083 BZ
Primark Tilburg – Stadhuisstraat 3, 5038 XZ
Primark Utrecht – Rijnkade 5, 3511 LC
Primark Venlo – Oude Markt 36, 5911 HH
Primark Zaandam – Ankersmidplein 7, 1506 CK
Primark Zoetermeer – Burgermeester van Leeuwenpassage 2-8, 2711 JV
Primark Zwolle – Melkmarkt 3, 8011MA
From what we can see, Primark’s low price fashion model seems to be doing very well in the thrifty Dutch market. The stores are busy (especially at weekends) attracting a large variety of shoppers from native Dutch to those from immigrant communities as well as visitors and tourists.
On the other hand there is a slow growing movement against the throwaway clothes culture and calls for improved work conditions in clothes production hubs like Bangladesh. You pays your money and you takes your choice.
For more on shopping in Holland see our guide to Dutch chain stores.