An empty Whitehaven shop is to be transformed into a nail bar, it has been revealed.

The former House of Linda Ann shop on King Street will be turned into a nail salon.

Councillor and business owner Charles Maudling, confirmed that an entrepreneur who already has a "well established" business in Glasgow, would be taking over the shop.

Mr Maudling, who runs Charles Menswear on King Sreet, said: "This a further venture for him in Whitehaven.

"I showed him around about three months ago and told him about the benefits of the town.

"At the moment, rents are less than half of what they were. It's an ideal opportunity to invest in Whitehaven, so thankfully he's done that."

Mr Maudling said he had also shown another two potential business owners around empty shops in the town, but they had not yet committed.

"At least people are looking at Whitehaven," he said. "We're building for the future. The high street has changed so dramatically.

"I'm pleased. I've talked to Clarks and they're pleased. We welcome them with open arms."

The news has been welcomed by community leaders, including the mayor of Whitehaven, Brian O'Kane.

He said: "Any initiative to bring business into the town is welcomed."

Graham Roberts, who represents the Harras ward on Whitehaven Town Council, said: "I think it's a good thing. People are very concerned about their hands and skin.

"I think anything good with hygiene has got to be good in this climate. I welcome it.

"We are trying to build the town up. I hope the shop does well. It's a positive thing."