Hoopers to close Carlisle department store
Last updated at 12:25, Tuesday, 08 May 2012
One of Carlisle’s most iconic city centre department stores, Hoopers, is to close after it failed to turn around losses running into six figures.
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I think mr Thornton is right. The lag between what a property is worth to rent (and its subsequent rates) are calculated at the peak of the boom and don't decrease to reflect the reduction in trading and value of the properties.To the poster blaming car parking. There are many providers of car parking in Carlisle. However Cumbria county council operate a disk zone around the city offering thousands of free parking spaces for between one hour and two. There are no other cities in the country that has this kind of free parking.
Free car parking is not the solution. If it was the lanes would have offered it years ago.Oh, and occupancy rates are amongst the best in the north west. With Hoopers leading the Business Improvement District it is clear that this decision was unexpected and came from the top.Those blaming 'the council' are foolish.
Those who love to shop elsewhere and only use local shops when in a hurry are part of the problem for local retailers, they can hardly justify keeping stores open for such shoppers.If people add the cost of travel to Manchester etc to the price of things bought do they ever save much? Perhaps the type of merchandise sold by Hoppers is too up market for many locals, we can only hope future businesses find a happy medium between the very expensive and the ridiculously cheap. As mentioned in an earlier post, very cheap clothes can be a false economy as they have no durability. Wash and throw away is not a good plan for children's clothing.
It would be interesting to know how much trade was lost by Hoopers whilst the Castle Street "improvements" were underway, and how much trade lost through lack of immediate on street parking?
i can hardly believe what i,m reading some lunatic blaming the labour council who have been in place for all of 5 days... give them time they,ll do worse than this .... & some snob who does,nt want chavs anywhere near our cathederal... No ! far better to just board it up & let it become another stinky rat infested mess just like the lonsdale... which incidentally the new labour council want to pull down & the tory/lib dems wanted to keep... it just goes to show you can please some of the people some of the time... except in carlisle where you can,t please anybody, especially the ones who twitter on about shops closing when they don,t even set foot in them.