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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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£1m refit for Whitehaven's Dixons department store

Whitehaven's only department store is in line for a near £1 million makeover.

Owner Donald Dixon hopes the revamp will also help spark a revival in the town’s retail fortunes and sustain jobs.

He also wants the £975,000 refurbishment to link in with Whitehaven’s major transformation scheme such as the £20m Albion Square, £10m harbourside complex and Tesco’s £20m superstore.

Mr Dixon said: “The warehouse needs a new roof so we will completely clear stock and at the same time re-do our store.”

A recent survey of Cumbria’s retail trade showed Whitehaven to be one of the worst hit in the county for shop closures.

Mr Dixon, 77, said: “There’s a lot going on here, more so than many other towns. There’s Albion Square, the new Tesco, which hopefully will get off the ground soon, and also the other work going in Strand Street/Mark House for the harbour complex. All this does give us confidence in Whitehaven.”

 

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