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Old September 2nd, 2016, 10:48 AM   #121
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2 September 2016 8:15AM

Oneof Carlisle’s most iconic city centre retail buildings appears to be on the brink of a new lease of life.

A year after the closure of the troubled Castle Street department store that was leasing the building, an application has been lodged with Carlisle City Council seeking permission to open a cafe there.

The three-storey sandstone building, opposite Carlisle Cathedral and in the heart of city's historic quarter, was formerly the home of the family-owned Bulloughs department store, and later Hoopers.


It was last used when it was leased out and opened as Paris Department Store, which closed in September last year after months of negative publicity about staff who said they were owed thousands in wages.

The building has since been sold, although there is currently no public record as to new owner's identity.

It is, however, understood to be in the hands of a successful Cumbria-based businessman who hopes to restore the building's reputation to its former glory as a respected city centre retail outlet, creating secure long-term jobs.

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Old September 2nd, 2016, 06:30 PM   #122
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Primark hiring managers for new Carlisle city centre store



10 May 2016 8:29AM

Primark is advertising jobs at its new store in Carlisle.

The retailer is offering permanent, full-time "management opportunities at all levels".

Salaries range from £23,205 to £33,485, depending on experience.

Primark recently signed a 25-year deal to move into Carlisle city centre, understood to be one of the company’s biggest deals in the UK.

The budget clothing firm penned the contract with the owners of the Lanes Shopping Centre, Carlisle Shopping Centre Ltd, in which Carlisle City Council owns a 23.66 per cent stake.

It will move into the former shop run by BHS, which was paid £5 million to vacate the premises, just three months before that chain collapsed. The city council contributed £1.4m towards the pay-off.

No date has yet been set for Primark's opening but it is expected to be before winter.

Related: Primark to open store in Carlisle

The store will create 144 jobs.

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And finally......an opening date.

6th October, as reported in the News and Star. Seems to have taken an awfully long time to get the shop ready after BHS closed in January.
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Old September 2nd, 2016, 06:41 PM   #123
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2 September 2016 8:15AM

Oneof Carlisle’s most iconic city centre retail buildings appears to be on the brink of a new lease of life.

A year after the closure of the troubled Castle Street department store that was leasing the building, an application has been lodged with Carlisle City Council seeking permission to open a cafe there.

The three-storey sandstone building, opposite Carlisle Cathedral and in the heart of city's historic quarter, was formerly the home of the family-owned Bulloughs department store, and later Hoopers.


It was last used when it was leased out and opened as Paris Department Store, which closed in September last year after months of negative publicity about staff who said they were owed thousands in wages.

The building has since been sold, although there is currently no public record as to new owner's identity.

It is, however, understood to be in the hands of a successful Cumbria-based businessman who hopes to restore the building's reputation to its former glory as a respected city centre retail outlet, creating secure long-term jobs.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Cl...53f2dda4b92-ds
Seems to a very slow moving story, this one. The last report on a forthcoming re-opening of the store was in May, since when nothing much has happened.

At least there is rather more detail in this report, which perhaps bodes well.
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Old September 10th, 2016, 11:05 AM   #124
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Marks & Spencer's new Foodhall in Carlisle opens next week



9 September 2016 12:35PM

Carlisle's new Marks and Spencer store opens next week.

The M&S Foodhall is opening its doors at the Kingstown Retail Park on Wednesday, creating 52 new jobs.

People are invited to join employees to celebrate the launch of the new store at 10am.
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Bosses say it has been a “much-anticipated” store for the city – and one that will complement the existing set-up in the town centre.

The owner of the Kingstown Retail Park said its arrival was a “great addition”.

The new 9,000 sq ft shop will provide Cumbrian shoppers with more than 100 free parking spaces, a food ordering service and the next-day “collect in store” service.

This gives customers the option to have their M&S.com orders delivered to the store for free.

It will sell 5,000 food and drink products. Its range will including desserts, to everyday essentials, to M&S’s prepared meals.

A range of wines will be on sale.

The store will also house an M&S cafe serving items including drinks, bakery items and cakes.

The premises at Kingstown used to house the Comet retail unit.

Carlisle city council’s leader Colin Glover has previously said a study into shopping in Carlisle had highlighted there was room for more “quality food retail”.

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Old September 10th, 2016, 08:34 PM   #125
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Good news, but that looks very similar to the story in the News & Star back in August. Must be a slow news day in Carlisle.

By all means run a story about the new shop opening next week, but why just recycle an older version, presumably from a press release.

From the news item

Carlisle city council’s leader Colin Glover has previously said a study into shopping in Carlisle had highlighted there was room for more “quality food retail”.

He said at the time: “This is good news for Carlisle.

“Perhaps with the new store we might get people who are not coming into Carlisle.”


All well and good, but what if the new store attracts a lot of people who used to frequent the city centre M & S? Surely the same customer figures spread between two stores is not desirable. Additionally, if people use the Kingstown store rather than the city one they are not then in the city to spend money elsewhere, perhaps?

I guess we shall just have to wait and see
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Old September 29th, 2016, 08:41 PM   #126
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From The Whitehaven News, 29-09-16

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Whitehaven market relaunches in style

The newly revamped layout of around 40 stalls drew in busy crowds looking to buy goods from cheese to candles, and from sweets to dog toys.

With a continental market, regular and new stall-holders, the area has been transformed with a £66,000 make-over financed by Whitehaven Town Council.

Norah Messenger said it was the first time she had taken a stall to showcase her business, Norah's Ark, which cares for pets when owners are on holiday.

She said: "It is a good opportunity to show people who you are and what you do. It is bringing life to the market.''

An official launch of the market place will take place on Saturday at 10.50am when the town crier, Rob Romano, will walk from the top of King Street to the Market Place before stating the Whitehaven Market Charter from 1672.

This will be followed by speeches from Whitehaven town mayor Raymond Gill and Copeland mayor Mike Starkie, following by a ribbon cutting.
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Old October 1st, 2016, 08:02 AM   #127
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More new retail for Carlisle

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Virgin Media to open store in Carlisle

TELECOMS giant Virgin Media is set to open a store in Carlisle.

The company has plans to set up shop in The Lanes Shopping Centre on Friday.

It will take up residence in a unit opposite Muffin Break and close to the soon to open Primark store.

The firm has already submitted a signage application to Carlisle City Council.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “I can confirm that we will have a new store opening in The Lanes Shopping Centre on October 7.”

She added that the store would feature areas where the company’s cable TV and broadband services would be demonstrated and customers would be able to look at its range of mobile phones.

She did not though confirm how many jobs would be created there.

This is the latest new store in Carlisle.

Toys R Us moved into The Lanes after a three-year absence from the city earlier this year and clothing firm Jack Wills has secured permission for a shopfront on English Street last week. Australian retailer Smiggle has also opened its 75th UK store in The Lanes this month.

Primark is also set to open its store in The Lanes on Thursday.
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Old October 4th, 2016, 10:05 AM   #128
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This from the News & Star,--

Countdown underway to opening of Primark store in Carlisle



4 October 2016 7:44AM

The countdown has begun to the official opening of Carlisle's highly anticipated Primark store.

The clothes shop will open the doors to its outlet in The Lanes Shopping Centre at 10am on Thursday.

It is expected people will travel to Carlisle from across the county to be among the first to set foot in the store.

"We know and Primark know they've got a lot of customers across the county who are shopping outside the county at the moment and obviously that will change come October 6," said David Jackson, of The Lanes.

"In terms of floor space it's the biggest store we've opened since Debenhams in 2000.

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Sneak preview of Carlisle's new Primark store



5 October 2016 7:19AM

Primark is nearly ready to open and we've been given a sneak preview of what's in store.

For more than 10 years, people have speculated about Primark coming to Carlisle and on Thursday the wait will finally be over.

Staff gave the News & Star an exclusive tour around the spacious store, showing off the clothes, accessories and home goods.

Everything is neatly folded and lined up, which probably won't last very long once the doors open at 10am and the madness begins.

The store is in The Lanes shopping centre.

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Power cables problem will not delay Lidl store opening



7 October 2016 9:37AM

A new Lidl store will have to open using electricity generators because a shop next door has not given permission for power cables to cross its land.

The supermarket chain confirmed this week that it would still be using generators when it opens on October 27 but a spokeswoman said this would not affect the opening in any way.

A spokeswoman for the next-door Co-op in Maryport said: “We have been in discussion with Lidl about running power lines under our store but no conclusion has yet been reached.”

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New 50-jobs Home Bargains store to open tomorrow



A new store which has created about 50 jobs officially opens tomorrow.

The Home Bargains chain says it has invested about £500,000 in the shop in Penrith.

The new store, on Ullswater Road, also features a 6,200 sq ft garden centre.

The event will feature a special appearance from children’s favourite Stuart the Minion, from the hit films Minions and Despicable Me.

He will arrive at 11am. The store will be officially opened at 8.30am.

This will be the first Home Bargains store to open in Penrith and it joins more than 400 outlets across the UK.

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Another pop-up store in Carlisle coming soon, according to The News and Star. This time it is Disney.

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Another brand name is set to make its way to Carlisle following the highly anticipated arrival of Primark.

The Lanes Shopping Centre has managed to lure back Disney, which was once a popular addition to the centre.

Kathryn Bird, operation manager, told the News & Star the store is due to open in the former Miss Selfridge Unit - occupied by Jack Wills last year - by the end of October.

"I think it's going to be a pop up this time. In the run up to Christmas and maybe a bit beyond," she said.

"Its always nice that retailers, particularly retailers that have been before, want to return and come to serve Carlisle and give people what they want."

Disney previously had a temporary store in the centre's Peascod Lane, which closed in May 2012.
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Old October 11th, 2016, 11:42 AM   #133
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Mystery deepens over future of iconic Carlisle shop




11 October 2016 10:25AM

The mystery surrounding an iconic Carlisle retail building has deepened – thanks to a series of posters hinting it is about to make a comeback.

The former Hoopers store in Castle Street has been a part of the city centre retail landscape for decades, but its most recent revival as a Paris Department store ended disastrously in September last year.

That store closed amid a wave of negative publicity.

But it has now emerged that a new owner of the building is working behind the scenes to give it a new and positive lease of life.

As Carlisle this week welcomed the city's new Primark store in the former BHS building in the Lanes, a series of posters appeared in the windows of the former Paris store.

“We are currently refurbishing this store,” states one poster. It adds: “Please keep checking on our progress. You will like our plans!”

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Primark boosts Lanes numbers by 25 per cent



14 October 2016 8:03AM

Shopping centre bosses say the opening of Primark boosted the number of people coming through their doors by a massive 25 per cent.

David Jackson, commercial director of The Lanes, added footfall on Sunday soared by an enormous 71 per cent as the effect of the budget clothing chain arriving hit its startling peak.

Mr Jackson exclusively told The Cumberland News that 200,000 people had been shopping in the centre in the last week, compared to 160,000 the previous week.

Primark opened to a massive fanfare last Thursday, with queues of people waiting to be among the first to shop there following years of anticipation and speculation about the brand coming to the city.

In the following days, Primark was so busy it was forced, at times, to operate a "one in, one out" policy.

Mr Jackson said: "That happened on Thursday and Sunday.

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Lidl opening new Cumbrian supermarket today




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26 October 2016 3:56PM

Supermarket chain Lidl is opening one of its largest stores in the UK today.

The Curzon Street, Maryport, shop will be officially opened by town mayor Linda Radcliffe, Allerdale mayor Celia Tibble and Allerdale councillor Carni McCarron-Holmes.

The German discount company has created up to 40 jobs at the store, which it describes as a "Lidl of the future", modelled on more upmarket chains to try to attract a more affluent clientele.

Lidl announced its intention to build in Maryport in July 2014.

Work on the 2,470sq m store began last year.

The site is owned by Allerdale council and was offered for sale as part of a deal being managed by the Allerdale Investment Partnership.

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Opening date for Disney store in Carlisle city centre



31 October 2016 8:21AM

The magic of Christmas will return to Carlisle this week when the Disney store opens its doors.

The world-famous name - known for its plush toys and character costumes as well as some of the most famous cartoon characters ever - is opening a store in the Lanes Shopping Centre on Thursday.

Last Christmas the unit, which for many years was home to Miss Selfridge, was occupied by fashion retailer Jack Wills.

It marks a return to the city for the popular store, which used to have a shop in the centre’s Peascod Lane.

David Jackson, commercial director, of The Lanes, said: “It is great to see Disney opening again.

"They traded very well when they were last here as a pop-up shop but they weren’t able to do a permanent store.

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26 October 2016 3:56PM

Supermarket chain Lidl is opening one of its largest stores in the UK today.

The Curzon Street, Maryport, shop will be officially opened by town mayor Linda Radcliffe, Allerdale mayor Celia Tibble and Allerdale councillor Carni McCarron-Holmes.

The German discount company has created up to 40 jobs at the store, which it describes as a "Lidl of the future", modelled on more upmarket chains to try to attract a more affluent clientele.

Lidl announced its intention to build in Maryport in July 2014.

Work on the 2,470sq m store began last year.

The site is owned by Allerdale council and was offered for sale as part of a deal being managed by the Allerdale Investment Partnership.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Li...445c666cf66-ds
I have a feeling that this will seriously affect the Co-op in Maryport which is also on Curzon Street and which was the only supermarket in the town. It might allow more people to shop in Maryport rather than travelling to the supermarkets in Workington, however, which is not a bad thing.

Anyway, Lidl had a "bumper first week", as would probably be expected, according to the Times & Star.

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Domino's Pizza set to open in Whitehaven



10 November 2016 8:35AM

A new
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A building on Tangier Street is expected to house the branch of the international takeaway chain.

Planning permission has been agreed for the subdivision of the Ali-Taj Indian restaurant building; half will remain as the Ali-Taj, whose business will be unaffected by the change, and a currently unused section of the restaurant converted into Domino's.


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Marks & Spencer stores in Carlisle and Barrow on “at risk” list



15 November 2016 9:37AM

Marks & Spencer stores in Carlisle and Barrow are at risk of closure as part of a national cull by the struggling chain, a retail analyst claims.

Last week M&S announced that it would close up to 60 clothing and home stores over the next five years as it focuses more on food.

It declined to say which stores were at risk.
But retail analyst the Local Data Company believes that - of M&S's four Cumbrian stores in Carlisle, Workington, Kendal and Barrow - those in Carlisle and Barrow are potentially vulnerable.

Its findings are based on a so-called 'health index' assessing the vibrancy of high streets.

Director Matthew Hopkinson said: "The big question is which stores are they likely to close?

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CRANSTONS Foodhall at Orton Grange, near Carlisle, has beaten stiff competition to be crowned the best in the UK at the Butchers Shop of the Year Awards.



The awards honour the best butchers and recognise excellence in traditional craft butchery.

Cranstons won the 'Foodhall Butchery Business' section beating Delifonseca Dockside, of Liverpool, and Huntley’s of Samlesbury near Preston, as North West entries dominated the category.

Orton Grange, on the A595 four miles west of Carlisle, opened in November 2013.

It offers quality beef, pork and lamb sourced from local farmers and prepared by Cranstons' butchers using traditional craft skills.

Cranstons' produce is complemented by foodstuffs from other local suppliers including ales, fruit and vegetables, artisan bread and ice cream.

The Butchers Shop of the Year Awards, run by Meat Trade Journal, were presented at a ceremony at London's Banking Hall.

Orton Grange manager Peter Potts and retail director Martin Jones attended the event.

Mr Jones said: “It is fantastic for Orton Grange to win such a prestigious award in the food hall’s infancy.

"For a shop that’s only been open for three years, it’s an amazing feat. It is very rewarding for our team to be recognised for all their hard work."
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