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Old August 1st, 2015, 09:45 AM   #21
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Hopes growing that Primark coming to Carlisle

By Pamela McGowan

Published at 15:06, Friday, 31 July 2015

Hopes are growing that cut-price clothes chain Primark is finally coming to Carlisle – potentially taking over the closure-threatened BHS store.



City MP John Stevenson says he is “very hopeful” that the budget clothing giant will strike a deal to move in.

The Cumberland News revealed last week that staff at the long-standing BHS store had been informed of the closure plans.

Although BHS has yet to officially confirm its plans, the move has also now been reported by industry publications.

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Carlisle city centre bakery shop closed - but it will reopen

By Freya Findlay

Last updated at 11:28, Saturday, 08 August 2015

Being opposite Carlisle Crown Court has provided Bells of Lazonby with a variety of customers over the years.



The bakers and coffee shop, on Warwick Road, closed yesterday after more than 30 years of business.

However, the shop’s regulars and those visiting crown court will not have to go hungry and thirsty, as Bells’ employee Bev Wilson will reopen a new independent coffee shop and bakery on the same premises on Friday.

Mrs Wilson said: “I’ve worked for Bells for about 12 years and I think it’s still a good little business.

“It’s [in] a very good position. We just hope it’s going to run more or less the same and we’ll get some extra customers.”

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Sainsbury's on look-out for small store sites across Cumbria

Last updated at 08:51, Monday, 17 August 2015

Supermarket Sainsbury’s is still on the look out for sites for new stores in Cumbria – but only for its ‘Local’ convenience stores.

The company announced last week that it was dropping plans for an 80,000sq ft superstore on Teesside despite completing construction of the building and its car park.

It said the store in Middlesbrough was “no longer viable”, blaming changing UK shopping habits.

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Carlisle's newest city centre bar set to open

By Pam McClounie

Last updated at 07:39, Thursday, 20 August 2015

Carlisle's newest bar opens its doors to the public tomorrow – in a former betting shop.



harlie Knight, who has worked in the bar trade for more than a decade, has converted the old William Hill bookies on The Crescent in the city centre.

A striking bottle green sign went up on the premises – known as The Crescent Bar – this week.

He said: “It is kind of like a speakeasy bar with 1920s-style furniture, mood lighting and Chesterfield sofas. I don’t think there is anything like this in Carlisle.”

Traditionally, speakeasies were places for illegal boozing that came to prominence during the Prohibition era in 1920s America. But ever since, they have taken on a mythical status: teacups brimming with gin, suave jazz musicians and a glitzy, retro dress code.

The bar will stock a range of lagers and ales with a few specialists. There will also be gins, whisky and wine.

Mr Knight, 30, said: “The bar is on one level with a kitchen at the back. We hope to start doing food and we are looking at that from September onwards.”

Four new jobs have been created in the bar, which will open seven days a week.

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Reopening date set for HMV's Workington store

Last updated at 08:25, Friday, 21 August 2015

An official date has been announced for HMV's return to Workington.



The entertainment chain will reopen in its old premises in Washington Square on Wednesday, September 16.

It was announced last month that negotiations were ongoing for the company to reopen its doors in the town and an agreement was about to be reached.

Dave Fletcher, town centre manager, has confirmed the company is getting ready to open.

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Old August 24th, 2015, 10:53 AM   #26
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70 jobs pledge as Home Bargains bids to open new Cumbrian store

By Jonny Irving

Last updated at 09:21, Monday, 24 August 2015

A discount retailer is promising to create up to 70 jobs and invest £2m in north Cumbria should it get the go-ahead for a huge new store.



T J Morris Ltd, the parent company of national chain Home Bargains, wants to convert the former Wickes store in Penrith into its latest discount outlet.

The company submitted a planning application to Eden Council to convert the now empty near-2,000sq metre site in Ullswater Road.

Wickes employed 16 staff at the Penrith store, which closed earlier this year.

Previously the site belonged to another home improvement shop Focus.

If given the green light by planners Home Bargains would add to growing interest in Penrith from national companies with firms like Marks and Spencer and Premier Inn poised to open there. Home Bargains currently has nearly 400 stores nationwide, including one in Carlisle city centre and employs 8,000 staff across its chain.

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Old August 26th, 2015, 12:04 PM   #27
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New Marks & Spencer store in Carlisle will create 55 jobs

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Published at 09:14, Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Bosses at Marks & Spencer have been given the go-ahead to open a new store in Carlisle, creating 55 jobs.



The city council’s leader hailed the move as “good news on jobs and great news for the area” after permission was granted allowing a Simply Food outlet to open at Kingstown.

The firm sought changes to planning permission at the former Comet site to allow it to sell goods including food and drink and open a cafe.

This permission was granted by city council planners, paving way for the new addition to Carlisle’s shopping scene.

The shop will cover 1,384 sq m and will focus, M&S says, on high quality food, fresh produce and pre-prepared meals.

Both Marks & Spencer and council leader Colin Glover said it could help bring people into the city.

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Old August 28th, 2015, 11:19 AM   #28
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armfoods given consent for supermarket at Carlisle's Shaddongate

By Matthew Cobb

Last updated at 11:00, Thursday, 27 August 2015

Controversial plans to build a new city supermarket have finally been given the go ahead.



Earlier this year, businesses and residents living on Carlisle’s Shaddongate said that a new shop could cause traffic problems while also increasing pollution and leading to other local companies losing customers.

In February, an application was submitted by Farmfoods, which already operates a shop in Lowther Street. The proposal outlined plans to demolish the existing Thomas Graham & Sons building and replace it with a new store.

However, despite the concerns of both nearby residents and businesses, the proposals have now been approved although a raft of conditions have been imposed, many of which relate to minimising the impact on existing traffic and disturbing those living in the area.

A notice of approval from the city council states: “The development shall not be commenced until the access, parking and servicing requirements have been constructed in accordance with the approved plan.

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Old August 31st, 2015, 09:35 AM   #29
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Bar to take place of clothes shop in Carlisle city centre

By Jenny Brown

Published at 10:00, Sunday, 30 August 2015

Another bar is set to open in what is already a crowded spot for drinkers in Carlisle city centre.



Former ladies clothing retailer The Changing Room, in Lowther Arcade, is to be converted and the new venture will be the latest in a string of bars to open in the Devonshire Street and Lowther Street area.

It has been taken on by Julie Brown, who runs Dejavu in Botchergate and has seen a transformation in the city’s nightlife scene.

The 51-year-old, of Belle Vue, Carlisle, has 15 years’ experience running and managing pubs and bars. She is the former landlady of the recently demolished Border Terrier Inn in Morton and ran Chaplins, The White House, and Bar Suede in Crosby Street and Warwick Road.

“I’ve literally done everything from back-street boozers to social clubs, to being part of a management team, where I’ve managed pubs for other companies. But Dejavu and this new one are the first times I’ve gone on my own,” said Julie.

She thinks it’s better to be in the mix of things and doesn’t feel worried about the number of already successfully established bars close by.

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Plan to convert empty pub into seafood restaurant

By Sue Crawford

Published at 12:53, Wednesday, 02 September 2015

A fish merchant is planning to convert an empty Whitehaven pub into a seafood restaurant.

Richard Donnan, who owns the long-established Donnan Quayside Fisheries on the town’s North Shore Road, has taken over the Distressed Sailor in Egremont Road which has been closed for 18 months.

Donnan’s – which has been in the family for two generations – currently supplies fresh fish to hotels, pubs, restaurants and private customers. The business was established by Mr Donnan’s father who also operated a number of trawlers.

A programme of renovation work is planned at the pub before it opens in the autumn as a seafood restaurant, to be run by his wife Anne. It is expected the venture will create around six jobs.

Mr Donnan said: “There is no doubt the fishing business has changed drastically while we have operated Donnan Quayside Fisheries, and it is vital to move with the times and diversify in order to remain successful.

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Old September 25th, 2015, 01:54 PM   #31
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Six jobs as new cafe and takeaway opens in town centre

Last updated at 09:08, Friday, 25 September 2015

A chef is hoping to bring a splash of multiculturalism to Workington when his new cafe and takeaway opens next month.



Mahir Ali, 42, of William Street, will run Shaan Desi Spice at the former Greggs premises on Pow Street.

The business will offer a wide range of food and drinks and is expected to start welcoming the first customers in early October.

Mr Ali came over to England in 1980 from Bangladesh and has worked all over the country but moved to Workington two months ago after finding out about the empty unit online.

He said: “This opportunity came up so I enquired about it and set up here in the town centre. I also have a friend who lives locally.

“Since I left school I’ve worked as an Indian chef and have worked part-time as a waiter.

“I have over 20 years experience as a chef.

“It’ll be an open plan kitchen. We’ll do fast food and coffee during the day and Indian takeaway at night.

“It will be a cafe until 5pm and there will be a bit of everything for everyone.”

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Old September 26th, 2015, 11:38 AM   #32
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Fashion firm Jack Wills to open Carlisle city centre store

By Pam McClounie

Last updated at 09:17, Thursday, 24 September 2015

Fashion retailer Jack Wills is opening a store in Carlisle.



The British “university-style” retailer will take over the former Miss Selfridge shop in The Lanes Shopping Centre.

The store will initially be a “pop-up shop” for four months over the Christmas period.

It is advertising for new staff – full and part time supervisors and sales assistants – but an opening date has not yet been revealed.

The retailer was founded by Peter Williams and his friend Robert Shaw in the Devon resort of Salcombe in 1999, designing British heritage-inspired goods for the university crowd.

A spokesman for Jack Wills said: “We continue to be influenced by the best of British, from our history and culture to sporting and country pursuits.

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Carlisle furniture store returning after devastating fire

By Pamela McGowan

Last updated at 13:22, Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A furniture superstore destroyed by fire is to make a return – two years after it was burned to the ground.



The Harveys showroom on Crown Street, Carlisle, was reduced to rubble following an arson attack in November 2013.

At the time the company wouldn’t say if it had any hopes of rebuilding or relocating, fuelling speculation about its future in Cumbria. But now construction is underway on the site, with the firm confirming it plans to reopen in spring 2016.

Last year plans were unveiled to rebuild the unit in its previous form, but still nothing happened at the site.However contractors have now moved in and a huge steel structure is already in place.

Harveys would not say at this stage how many jobs it will create or when it plans to start recruiting.

Recently approved signage proposals include both the Harveys and Benson for Beds logos – both of which traded in the old store.

Carlisle City Council leader Colin Glover said: “The planning application that Harveys have got is to rebuild the store.

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Italian restaurant opening in Carlisle city centre

By Freya Findlay

Last updated at 11:45, Thursday, 01 October 2015

An Italian with a passion for the food of her native country is opening up a unique place to enjoy a dinner party in Carlisle.



After much encouragement from friends who love her cooking, Patrizia Wood is opening up her own eatery in the Carlisle Antiques Centre, Cecil Street, off Botchergate, where she will cook authentic Italian food for dinner parties.

The new Casa Crisci has enough room for around 14 friends to sit and enjoy Mrs Wood’s food. She has a passion for food and cooking is in her blood – her parents ran a Michelin star restaurant on the Adriatic Coast in Italy and her grandmother was a very good cook.

Earlier this year, Mrs Wood, 53, started cooking dinners at people’s houses and was encouraged to start her own place. She said: “All my friends know how much I love to cook. Every time I invite them to dinner they always say to me, ‘Why don’t you open up your own place?’.”

It is 18 years since Mrs Wood first moved to Carlisle. She lives in Denton Holme and will juggle her new venture with her job at Marks & Spencer, where she works three days a week.

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Carlisle city centre shop wound up owing £197,000

Published at 12:37, Friday, 02 October 2015

A failed department store has been wound up with known debts of at least £197,000.



Seven tribunal claims against the former Paris store, in Carlisle city centre, are also being pursued.

Carlisle City Council was this week granted a winding up order against the parent company behind the Castle Street store, which opened last year.

The authority brought the case over the store’s failure to settle a business rate debt of almost £125,000, which should have been paid in March.

Two other local authorities where Paris stores opened and then closed – one in St Helen’s, Merseyside, and the other in Keighley, west Yorkshire – have also started legal action against Paris’s parent company Gold Edge Trading Ltd over unpaid business rates.

The amount owed to St Helen’s Council is £82,000, while the figure owed to Bradford Council for the Keighley store has not been publicly disclosed.

Cumbria Law Centre is pursuing tribunal claims for seven former Paris employees in Carlisle – all involving unpaid wages – with one also including a claim for unfair dismissal.

The High Court winding-up order marks the final collapse of a store that has been dogged by controversy.

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Cumbrian high street hailed as national star

By Nick Griffiths

Published at 20:47, Saturday, 10 October 2015

Maryport’s high street has been named a rising star in a national competition.



Council chiefs have spoken of their pride at the town being tipped as a top place to shop after it was recognised by judges at the Great British High Street scheme.

The competition helps champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community, with awards given to those considered the best at what they do.

Maryport was entered into a “coastal community” category, being put forward by Allerdale Council and Love Maryport, a group committed to promoting and improving the town.

The west Cumbrian high street missed out on the final but judges were said to be impressed by strides taken in recent years to improve the town centre, awarding a “rising star” prize. Mark Fryer, Allerdale councillor with responsibility for economic development, gave his response.

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Plans lodged for record shop in Carlisle city centre

By Kelly Pattison

Last updated at 09:10, Thursday, 15 October 2015

Plans for a new record store in Carlisle could hit the right note with music fans.



James Brown, of Dacre, near Penrith, has submitted a bid to the city council that could see a record store and small cafe open in Abbey Street, part of the city’s historic quarter.

With a vintage or retro feel to the shop, Mr Brown plans to sell new and quality used vinyl records along with antique gramophones and vintage record players.

Mr Brown is applying for permission to change the use of part of 44 Abbey Street – a Grade II listed building – into a cafe selling hot and cold drinks and cakes. There would be no hot food served. He hopes the cafe will allow customers to relax while browsing and buying in store.

He does not want to change the shop frontage or original features of the building, apart from a small sign above the door.

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Primark store in Carlisle will create 144 jobs

Last updated at 15:43, Thursday, 22 October 2015

Primark will create 144 jobs when it moves into Carlisle city centre next year.

The discount clothing giant is to move into a building currently occupied by BHS.

The News & Star revealed yesterday that Primark was moving into the city.

Today, David Jackson, centre director of The Lanes Shopping Centre, said the company would be creating 144 jobs.

“We can confirm that BHS is vacating its current location in The Lanes Shopping Centre in January 2016.

"Following the closure of BHS we are excited to announce that the unit has been pre-let to Primark who will be renovating the store before opening in winter 2016 and creating 144 jobs."

No-one from BHS has been available for comment.

Mr Jackson hailed the Primark deal.

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Plans lodged for new Workington town centre restaurant

By Jenny Brown

Last updated at 09:11, Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Plans have been revealed for a new restaurant in Workington town centre.

The premises, which formerly housed a cafe in Jane Street, looks set to become the town’s newest eatery if planning permission for change of use is granted.

The application to Allerdale council states the proposed development requires change of use from retail to a restaurant and takeaway.

Katie’s Kitchen moved from the building, owned by Luxembourg-based company LRP 1 SARL, in September and has been vacant since.

Tracy Goddard, property manager for Scoop AM, the firm responsible for filling the premises, could not reveal who the restaurateur might be as they are in the earlier stages of negotiation.

“We would like to see it maintained as an eatery use. What I don’t want to do is just bring in national chains into Workington,” she said.

“We do try and make sure that there’s a good mix of both local traders and nationals but this will be a trader within Cumbria.

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Aldi confirms plans to build another Cumbrian supermarket

Last updated at 08:45, Friday, 30 October 2015

Supermarket chain Aldi has confirmed that it wants to build a store in Maryport.



A spokeswoman for the German discount supermarket said it was looking at the town as a location for a new store.

She denied rumours that there were plans to take over the town’s Co-op store on Curzon Street and added that no plans for the supermarket had been formalised.

At present, the town’s only supermarket is the Co-op. Lidl wants to build its largest store in the country nearby at Milltoft.

Debbie Wright, chairwoman of the Love Maryport team, said she welcomed any investment in Maryport. She said: “Any new business in the town has to be good, especially if it succeeds in encouraging people to shop locally. At the moment we lose a lot of trade to Workington, for instance.

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