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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Disney shop closing in Carlisle - fashion firm moving in

Disney is closing its Carlisle store after its shop in The Lanes was let out to a Dutch fashion chain.

The store will close in two weeks and be replaced with a branch of Dutch jeans retailer Jack & Jones, which will take over the unit at the end of May.

Disney opened in Carlisle three years ago on a temporary lease, taking advantage of reduced rental rates.

David Jackson, commercial director of The Lanes, said that his staff had tried on many occasions to get Disney to sign a permanent lease.

He added: “They have been reluctant to do so and the unit has remained on the commercial market.

“Once we got an offer we were happy with, we gave Disney notice.”

Staff at the store were told of its closure two weeks ago. It is understood that Jack & Jones will employ more staff than are currently employed at the Disney store.

Mr Jackson added: “The new shop will open at the end of June. They are a great retailer to have. We offered Disney another unit within The Lanes but the company declined it.”

A number of other retailers are due to close in the city centre including furniture retailer Chapmans, United Colours of Benetton in The Greenmarket and neighbouring high-end fashion store Jaeger. Jewellers Goldsmiths also closed this year but a number of new stores have opened their doors this year including an American candy store, Stormfront and White Stuff.

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