CLOSING down signs have been placed outside Carlisle’s Homebase store at Kingstown.

It is understood that conversations are ongoing with the Kingstown Retail Park landlord M&G Real Estate, but staff who work at the store have now entered a consultation period.

It is not yet known when the store will shut.

Plans have previously been lodged with the city council to replace the DIY store with two new shops - Smyths Toy Store and discount chain B&M.

Meanwhile, three retailers have been announced at a new out-of-town development on the edge of Carlisle.

Wren Kitchens, Oak Furnitureland and Costa Coffee will occupy units at the Gateway 44 retail warehouse development, close to the M6 at Kingstown.

The scheme, which will have 181 car parking spaces, is due to be completed by May next year.

Developer and asset manager Chancerygate has secured the new retailers on behalf of Carlisle City Council.

John Mallinson, leader of the council, welcomed the first retailers to be revealed for the city site.

He said: “Carlisle is a growing city and this new development will create more jobs and will provide a boost to the local economy.”