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Hoopers to close Carlisle department store

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.

Posted by OCR on 8 May 2012 at 16:18

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.,

Posted by Gary Thomas on 8 May 2012 at 16:17

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.

Posted by Marion on 8 May 2012 at 16:06

Very sad to see the lovely staff of Hoopers out of work.

Posted by iratepayer on 8 May 2012 at 16:03

I've just completed another depressing walk around the city centre. The retail sector is rapidly degenerating. Surely there must be room in this great city of ours for a unique and up-market store like Hoopers, particularly in it's location opposite the cathedral. Will the policy makers act quickly enough to stem the tide? I fear not. The city will not attract outside visitors if the streets are littered with pound stores!!

Posted by ian on 8 May 2012 at 15:48

Very Very sad and so sorry for the staff.

I loved Hoopers, the scones in the cafe, the nice clean toilets with paper towels and the fabulous clothes, shoes and bags. Unfortunately, money is in short supply. However, I much prefer buying one good quality, well cut garment than a bagfull of Primark tat. I really think theres no hope for this City.

Posted by Amy on 8 May 2012 at 15:48

So sad, yet another good retail business closing, if they are not supported then its our loss and dear old Carlisle is being downgraded

Posted by MAK on 8 May 2012 at 15:46

lets hope that there are some good bargins in the closing down sale.

do we really want a primark in carlisle? this place is going downhill, first we got a bright house in the middle of town and now talk of a primark opposite the cathedral. oh dear....

Posted by bob on 8 May 2012 at 15:24

Well they say that you get what you deserve and the closure of Hoopers is a reflection of the ineffective and nonexistent blue print for the regeneration of Carlisle. Mark my words when Primark announce they are coming to the City the City fathers will take all the credit (as they did with Hoopers) saying that they have worked tirelessly to bring Primark to the City. Utter tosh the only reason Primark will come are for hard headed business reasons. Until we have an effective strategy for the growth of the City we will continue to be a go nowhere outpost in the north.

Posted by Mike Neary on 8 May 2012 at 15:00

Are people of Carlisle really so lazy that the lack of parking directly outside a shop would be an issue?
The civic centre car park is pretty close and the new car park by the Brickyard is even closer!!!! Carlisle is a small city that walking from any car park really isnt that far.

Primark may not have the same class as Hoopers but it will generate jobs and footfall in the city centre which can only be a good thing.

Posted by Chelle on 8 May 2012 at 14:45

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