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Another Carlisle city centre store closes down

Another high end Carlisle city centre store has shut down.

Goldsmiths shop Carlisle photo

Jewellers Goldsmiths is the latest shop to put up the shutters in the pedestrianised zone.

The closure follows the news that designer clothes store Jaeger and neighbouring Benetton, both in the Greenmarket, are to close.

Goldsmiths has put a sign up in its window saying the shop has shut. It is understood that trading ceased on Saturday. It is advising customers that their nearest branch is now in Penrith.

The company, which owns the nationwide chain, Aurum Holdings, will not say why it has pulled out of the city. But it is understood that a decision was taken not to renew its lease.

The English Street site occupied by Goldsmiths has been occupied for decades by jewellery firms.

Goldsmiths, established nationally in 1778, is the latest loss to Carlisle’s high street. Past Times retro gift shop, Hawkins Bazaar and the Yoko Fish Spa have all shut.

But David Jackson, commercial director of The Lanes shopping centre, is not unduly concerned.

He said: “There have been different reasons for this. If you take Goldsmiths, they’ve been in Carlisle for a long time, but over that time other jewellers are providing more competition.

“We need to be careful about saying ‘what’s wrong with Carlisle’. There have been a lot of comings and goings but I think we’re still in a better position than many other cities and towns.

“There’s the recent announcement of investment by Debenhams and other stores are looking to do major refurbishment. That says to me that there is confidence in the city.”

Have your say

Chris, Councils do not set or keep business rates. They only collect them.

The business rates are 'uniform', they are the same all over the country. They are based on the rateable value x 43.3p.

It doesnt matter if it is Carlisle, Liverpool or Exeter. It is the same formula. The wastefulness or not of the Council is irrelevant.

By the way, this is what the Audit Commission said about Carlisle City Council:

"Carlisle City Council manages its finances and provides value for money ."

Kind of blows apart your claim, doesnt it?

That's two for two.

Posted by Pete on 20 February 2012 at 23:19

Another casualty of the councils ridiculusly high business rates no doubt!! How are companys supposed to thrive when they are getting stung by one of the most wastefull councils in the country!

Posted by Chris on 20 February 2012 at 18:28

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