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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Discount chain confirms it is to open on Carlisle retail park

Discount retailer Poundland has confirmed it is setting up shop on a Carlisle retail park.

 Heather Bradley photo
Heather Bradley

The chain is the latest in a string of new firms to move into the city’s St Nicholas Gate Retail Park.

Management aim to be open towards the end of the month, with the outlet expected to create about 20 jobs.

Its addition is the latest boost in the multi-million pound rejuvenation of the retail park, led by the creation of a new Asda store but also including the opening of food firm Iceland and another budget retailer, B&M Stores.

Poundland had been tipped as being the firm lined up to move into a unit.

And the on-going development of St Nicholas Gate has been welcomed by a senior councillor.

As well as being the city council’s portfolio holder for the economy, Heather Bradley also represents the Currock ward in which the development sits.

She said: “I quite often walk through the St Nicholas Gate retail park and it is always very busy. It’s very popular with local people and it saves them having to go into town.

“The choice they have there is fairly restrictive so I don’t think it is particularly damaging to the city centre shops.

“There are bound to be some new jobs with this shop and that is a very, very useful boost; for local people to have more jobs available to them.”

The growth of the retail park has come as a housing boom in the south of the city, including a 300-home scheme from Story Homes at Blackwell.

Poundland’s St Nicholas Gate branch will be its second in the city. It will operate alongside the existing Scotch Street branch.

Richard Lancaster, the firm’s trading director, said: “Poundland has grown significantly over the past 12 months and it’s fantastic to see this expansion continuing with another store in Carlisle. We’re looking forward to opening our doors.”

The unit Poundland is set to move into was occupied by Asda before the supermarket giant moved to its current, larger premises on the retail park.

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