New bar plan for former jewellers shop in Carlisle city centre
Last updated at 17:04, Thursday, 29 August 2013
A former jewellers shop in Carlisle’s English Street could be turned into a new bar as part of a continuing revival of city centre nightlife.
Plans have been submitted for a bar in the former Carr’s Jewellers shop.
Closed in 2007, the historic building has been empty since the sudden death of its owner Arthur Lockhart, whose parents Mary and Jack Lockhart opened the business in 1913.
On nearby Devonshire Street, city businessman Ron Wood is also believed to be planning to open another bar in the former Alliance & Leicester building, opposite his current cafe Le Gall.
Mr Wood also runs the city’s Border Rambler and Arroyo pubs. His previous ventures include the former Freedom nightclub in Lancaster Street.
The two planned new bars are part of what appears to be a steady expansion of nightlife in the city centre, away from its traditional home in Botchergate.
If approved, they will operate alongside other relatively new city centre night spots, including the Hell Below bar in Devonshire Street, The Shabby Scholar in Carlyle’s Court, and The Thirsty One in Castle Street.
Planners are likely to consider the English Street bar application soon.
Property developer Jonathan Edgar, the man behind the plan for the new English Street bar, said: “We feel that a bar would be the most suitable use for that premises with it being in such a prominent position.
“So obviously it is going to attract an upmarket clientele –customers who will reflect the building’s quality and its upmarket position. It is in a wonderful position and a brilliant building. It has got these beautiful windows that go all the way around, I think it will be a great place for people to come and meet.
“Everyone remembers Carr’s the jewellers
He hopes that the new bar will be able to hold 100 people and will serve food.
Mr Edgar is confident that the venture will succeed with plenty of consumer confidence in the city at the moment.
He added: “I think things are starting to happen in Carlisle. There is a lot of building work going on and people have a lot more confidence in the city. So I totally believe it is the right time to be doing this.
“I think Botchergate is more for younger people and there are a few more bars popping up in this vicinity that attract a slightly older group. There is a clear difference between this area and Botchergate.
“Also there is quite a bit of history in that building. We have found some old paperwork and things like that so you never know there might be a few nice surprises about. It is all about preserving a bit of the past.”
First published at 17:00, Thursday, 29 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Upmarket clientle? The bar's in Carlisle! I'll give it six months.
In fact the shop closed before my father-in-law's death; Arthur passed away in 2008 and the shop closed November 2007, almost a year before Arthur died. The building remained empty for some time and we will be happy to see life breathed into this wonderful old building.
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