Aparthotel and bar plan for Carlisle's former post office
Last updated at 11:49, Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Carlisle's former Crown Post Office is set to become a luxury ‘aparthotel’ after attempts to woo boutique hotel operators such as Malmaison drew a blank.
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Mrs Grumpy,there is only one pound shop in Carlisle,hardly inundatded is it? I've been utterly amazed at the shop snobbery recently,people need to get realistic and realise that there is not a lot of money about. Malmaison in Carlisle. Ha. There just isn't the demand. Not only is The Lonsdale close,it overlooks a taxi rank and take away. Just the ticket for a peaceful Saturday night I a luxury hotel.
I agree that an aparthotel and vodka bar is too ambitious and upmarket for Carlisle.Time and time again we articles in the News and Star from well-meaning prospective developers or proprietors all starry-eyed about some fancy niche bar, restaurant or boutique something or other. About three months later we then read about how the venture has closed down.The aspirations are all well and good but they aren't in tune with what works in the city, i.e. nothing fancy. Botchergate for example would probably be most profitable if one side were given over to an enormous Wetherspoons with an enormous Border Rambler opposite and perhaps a couple of fish and chip shops.
@nichola - we can't pick and chose who is willing to invest in our city when these buildings have been empty for so long pretty much any business which provides jobs is welcome. Also it may have escaped your notice but we have a 5million pound purpose built youth centre which is open 6 nights a week for under 21's 5 mins walk away from this building.