Toys 'R' Us to close store on Carlisle retail park
Last updated at 13:02, Tuesday, 08 January 2013
Britain's biggest toy retailer is pulling out of Carlisle with the loss of about 25 jobs.
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Think you might find that the former esso site on london road becomes the enterance for a new supermarket down the back on the old esso distribution facility site
I think it is a shame about the closure of TOYS-R-US. Carlisle has lost The Disney Store and now this. I have 4 Grandchildren and used to go no further than Carlsile when these 2 stores were there. Christmas shopping trips were to Carlisle meaning the money I spent was kept local. The other shops and resruarants got my money where as now I will be going to Newcastle and my money will be going with me. Good old Metro Centre doesn't let us down. LEARN FROM THEM CARLISLE CITY COUNCIL. I am by no means exceptional to the rule and I could asure you alot of my friends and work colleagues feel exactly the same and will not be botherig with Carlile they wil be going to Newcasle.
anon the correct title is 'The Clydesdale' It did indeed start trading in Tait Street. I believe in those days when around the business started their was three pawnbrokers on Carlisle's Fisher street alone. 'The' was a technical legal hitch with the trading name. A bit like using Koca- cola as trade name. My Grandmother and her husband did I believe start trading with charging valve type radio batteries, then mostly Photography with boasting signage The Clydesdale for 'Everything Photographic' in the then tiny shop. A busy darkroom cellar. The small shop now a house with a food deli next door. Mr Nixon had this bigger farm shop with the auction nearby. Not knowing precise facts but obvious larger similar businesses such as Cumberland and Westmorland Farmers on the then Viaduct estate of old sandstone railway buildings, Perhaps if they had been listed it would have been better than long term decay now on this retail estate. Rickerby's in Botchergate and Oliver and Snowden's in Cecil street might have had an impact on business. Mr Nixon ceasing trading whilst his grandson, Will Nixon moving into Bank Street around 1941. Watts next door being both longterm small shop traders in the city, now part cafe. How many loyal customers now in these long serving city tax paid businesses? The Clydesdale was from then on in a much larger shop. It has traded selling bicycles, radiograms, lighting fixtures and records, besides tapes. Lastly as Toymaster the shop expanded into Scotch Street but later ceased trading after a full 75 years trading in Carlisle. The city council in part killed retail in much of Botchergate with their fine new venture of the Lanes. I recall my city high street Ironmonger's manager when I was a young lad in the 1960's he wanted to sell sugar when nearby stores cherry picked leading products, thus creaming of profits. I'm from a family that for two generations started a business in Carlisle yet my late mother posed a question to me once, when I finished working with my lifelong employer... asking "Have you no ideas for starting a business Roy? " My answer I'll leave void. It was a bit like posing a similar question asking why my son does not drive living then in Italy. "Have you never seen the way they drive dad? " Now living in France... I was once told Carlisle could stand a city hardware shop but as finance was mentioned I said I have not got millions. Banks are not now borrowing money? I'm told my grandfather once said, Carlisle was the strangest city that he had ever traded in, with the novelty soon wearing off. This so soon after a new venture in the city. The Clydesdale at closure had adapted it's core business over it's lifetime to a ever changing retail market. The diverseness of the range was immense. I myself do not agree to temporary stores but perhaps the customer is always right...."Roy, What are you buying this popular music for? "