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 don't think a Primark in Carlisle will be sustainable in the long term. I know many similar sized towns that have a Primark but people still go to the bigger stores in Glasgow and Newcastle as they offer more. The smaller stores won't offer the same kind of things.
There is no such thing as cheap clothing. Everything has to be paid for so it's either we pay, or the environment suffers as a result of resources being used to make clothing that will not last very long, and those clothes then ending in landfill, or people pay as a result of loss of education, poor wages or poor working conditions. I'm not saying that the only choice is to buy designer but there are very few people in Carlisle who can only clothe themselves by buying at Primark prices. Personally I will not shop there, as I could not dress myself or my child in clothing that another child has made.
It is a real shame hoopers is going, I love the shop and I'm of the 'younger genoration'. I agree it sells 'higher class' clothing but what people don't understand, there is people in cumbria that want to feel and look great in designer clothes! It is no more expensive than if you where to travel elsewere for designer clothes. Do we really want to see everybody in carlisle with matching primark clothes? I think not! Hoopers is always clean, inviting and the staff are great. I hope them all the very best in the future! Now I'm the one who will also have to travel to newcastle, edinburgh and manchester for my clothes.