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22 new jobs as arts superstore prepares to open in Carlisle

More than 20 jobs are being created in Carlisle with the opening next month of a new superstore on one of the city’s retail parks.

Dawn Irving photo
Dawn Irving

Arts and crafts superstore Hobbycraft will throw opens the doors on the Kingstown retail park and will employ 22 people at its new unit on Parkhouse Road.

Hobbycraft are Europe’s largest superstore chain dedicated to arts and crafts – catering for more than 250 types of arty activities and selling over 30,000 items of stock.

A new store manager has been appointed while its recruitment process is nearly complete with only a couple of part-time vacancies remaining to be filled.

Dawn Irving, from Maryport, who is moving from Dobbies Garden Centre in Carlisle, said: “We can’t wait to open our doors in Carlisle, a town rich in community spirit and creativity.

“The people I’ve met out and about are thrilled about Hobbycraft opening and will have something to offer everyone from home crafts and jewellery making, to kids ‘make and take’ sessions and art essentials.”

The investment in jobs was welcomed by Carlisle City Council leader, councillor Dr Joe Hendry. Mr Hendry said: “This is first class news for Carlisle. I’m delighted with this investment and looking forward to visiting this new superstore and showing my appreciation.”

To celebrate, an official opening takes place at 8.30am on Saturday, September 15.

It marks the beginning of the celebration weekend featuring balloon displays, a giant paint-by-numbers, free face painting and make and play sessions for children.

The first 100 customers through the doors will also receive a free gift.

Hobbycraft are famous for embracing the creativity of their customers and there will be lots of opportunities for Carlisle’s expert crafters to showcase their skills, as well as support for beginners who want help getting started in everything from candle making to sewing.

There are 65 Hobbycraft stores nationwide.

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Mark and Andy where did you move to?!!

Christine Oldham Fun2Do won't have enough space for paintings to be displayed in Competition Hobbycraft are setting up for Art Students.

Posted by Pete on 12 September 2012 at 14:36

I thought there was an arts and crafts department at the Houghton Hall garden centre, correct me if I am wrong but isn't that north of the river? How many more similar outlets can survive in the current climate I wonder?

Posted by Celia H on 9 September 2012 at 03:17

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