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Clarks to close store in Carlisle

The Clarks shoe shop in English Street, Carlisle, is to close at the end of October.

Gretna Gateway photo
Gretna Gateway Outlet Village

Some of the staff will transfer to the nearby store in The Lanes shopping centre, some will move to a new shop at Gretna Gateway and the others will be made redundant.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: “I can confirm that the shop in English Street is closing as the lease is due to expire and a business decision has been taken not to renew it.”

The news was relayed to staff yesterday morning.

Clarks is only the latest in a long line of city-centre store closures.

Since the start of 2012, Benetton, ChameLeon, Chapman’s, Disney, Goldsmiths, Hawkins Bazaar, Hoopers, Jaeger, Past Times, Peacocks and the Yoko Fish Spa have either shut or announced they are going to close.

The new Clarks at Gretna Gateway should create 15 jobs when it opens next month.  The 2,813 sq ft shop will stock women’s, men’s and children’s shoes and accessories.

As with many of the shops at the outlet village, it will sell goods at a significant discount to high-street prices.

Clarks, based at Street in Somerset, used to be a major employer in Cumbria.

Its K Shoes brand was based in Kendal and had factories there and at Workington, Shap, Millom and at Askam-in-Furness near Barrow.#

These sites closed in the 1980s and 1990s as Clarks switched production to Romania and the Far East where wage costs are lower.

The last shoes to be made in Cumbria came off a production line in Kendal in 2003.

Have your say

i have bought lots of shoes from Clarks over the years but the quality has dropped a lot of the shoes are made abroad and are not as good, they aren't the prestige shoe shop they used to be

Posted by albert on 28 June 2012 at 11:09

I am really sad to hear this news. I worked in this store for 5 years (2003-8, a while ago I know) and we always had 'regulars' who prefered to use the English Street store to the Lanes becuase it was less cluttered and only had adult shoes. I understand Clarks' choice to close this store due to expensive rent but will be sad to see it go. Good Luck to all the team from the English Street store.

Posted by Ruth on 24 June 2012 at 12:29

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