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 personally think it is a great shame that Hoopers is closing, it provided something different to the mass chains such as Topshop/Topman and New Look among others, and will be sadly missed. As for turning the building in to a Primark I feel that would be a truly awful thing to do, having a cheap store across from the cathedral and on our main tourist area, despite what some say the Primark customer base are highly unlikely to support other business situated on castle street nor would they visit tourist attractions such as the castle, cathederal or Tullie House as Hoopers customers may have done. Hoopers in the past 6 years have supported many local events as well as Hospice at Home and Carlisle United and it is rather unlikely that Primark would do the same. It is a great pity that the residents of Carlisle have been so unsupportive of two quality stores in the shape of Hoopers and Chapmans the furniture store and seem to be of the mistaken opinion that Primark will solve all of the cities problems.
Im not a snob by anymeans but why are people saying Primark would bring down Carlisle. Poppycock. I have lived in Carlisle 6 years and never once went in Hoopers and the only reason was it was way too expensive. Most people I know would love to have a Primark in Carlisle. So I am afraid that the barbour jacketed greenwellied part of Carlisle will just have to shop else where and leave us that do want a Primark to enjoy it.,
I too was devastated to read the news about Hoopers (and Chapmans). Having shopped in both stores for a number of years it looks like a trip to other cities to buy quality goods in future. I don't subscribe to this throwaway/disposable society and would far prefer to buy good quality products that will last. The advent of Primark in the city would be the final nail in the coffin of what is quickly becoming a cheapjack town. God forbid that it would have the audacity to take over a building as fantastic as the current Hoopers and directly opposite our wonderful Cathedral. The last thing we need in this town is more cheap tat!!!! At least save us that embarassment when Hoopers closes.