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Carlisle's Chapmans shop to shut after 165 years

A landmark furniture business in Carlisle is to close after 165 years.

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John Chapman said, Trading conditions are getting worse and that it was not sound business sense to carry on trading. Yes, it is sad that many will lose jobs but look after your own in the present climate. He also said, with his business background.The poor retail climate is set to continue for sometime yet.

We have a lovely sofa from Chapmans that came via a city auction room of H&H . The sofa being previously little used by the couch potato variety in a St Aidens Road home. It has been cleaned a number of times and comes up like new. I would'nt swop it for
anything that EJ and NotSaying would prefer. I love the Chapmans window's display but it makes it so much harder for some city stores with professional window display staff to set their shops/stores high standing image with so much more of low quality goods.

Queens Cafe had lovely windows alike Chapmans and I do wonder how Tesco were allowed to demolish the Queens Hotel being the former row of fine city centre buildings now with one in (soon...) such a state when these buildings would have been built with help of a carts and teams of shirehorses. Heritage? City Caring...

The demolishing of the Queens Hotel (Not really City 'Loyal to names of...) I believe was then cited at unsustainable with the then Central Hotel next door! Hopefully a tourist boomtime is near with plans for the GPO as an hotel and Central Plaza .....

The Store from British Empire days where the sun never set's has finally set on Chapmans.

Posted by Roy on 9 March 2012 at 09:00

This is sad to see a great shop go, we really can't allow this sort of thing to happen because there is no replacement,the town is full of charity shops and £1 shops
where are the top quality outlets on our main street, that can replace this wonderful shop, so very sad.

Posted by Danleo on 9 March 2012 at 08:45

Looks like the bait worked for EJ...

Some people want to think twice before labelling Carlisle folk as dim-witted. To me, dim-witted is picking up on a clearly sarcastic comment made purely to gain negative response and treating it as genuine.

Posted by Mike Sansom on 9 March 2012 at 07:23

Sad to see such an established firm go under but they hardly moved with the times....Jaeger, Goldsmiths, Chapmans...the recession is hammering the quality end of the market and leaving the city centre looking like a ghost town. Are you listening Councillors?

Posted by johnstitch on 9 March 2012 at 00:31

What a great shame. You pay for quality and Chapmans customer service was superb. I wish all the staff nothing but the best for the future. It will be a great loss to the city and it disgusts me to read all of the negative comments - just because you can't afford to purchase from there, no need to criticise. I dread to see some of the furnishings in your homes...

Posted by Disappointed on 8 March 2012 at 22:17

Why did I expect anything more from the seemingly dim witted people of Carlisle? You seem unable to negotiate roundabouts and are now hoping that Tesco or god forbid Primark take over the site. Carlisle - soon to be another clone town, full of chavs eating McDonalds wearing cheap clothes from Primark! Bet you can't wait. Chapmans sold furniture that was priced accordingly, you pay for quality. I will miss the store.

Posted by Good lord!! on 8 March 2012 at 20:52

Sad to hear such a lovely store is closing. Yes it may be a little expensive but the quality is second to none and the customer service the same. Good luck to the staff. EJ and NotSaying - What a lot of rubbish!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Satisfied customer on 8 March 2012 at 20:50

It is more than sad when a company that has employed many people for many many years and given good service to literally thousands of people over the years should close it's doors. I feel for the owners, the staff and worry for Carlisle city centre and the quality/mix of shopping into the future. Very sad - best wishes to all who are affected - hope everything works out ok for you

Posted by Satisfiedcustomer on 8 March 2012 at 20:22

What a shame. I often used to wander past and have a look in the window and think "one day i'm going shop in there" there was some beautiful things. I think the problem is we live in a throw away society and like to replace our furniture every few years and with the likes of Tesco and other cheaper quality sofa stores i cant say im shocked its closing. I can see a time when we no longer have a town centre with shops, they'll all be out of town

Posted by sam on 8 March 2012 at 20:13

I am genuinely sad to read this. I have purchased from Chapmans over the last few years and the products and service have been second to none. It's a beautiful store and it will be a big miss to the city.

Posted by Star30 on 8 March 2012 at 20:10

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