A well-loved sporting goods shop that dates back to 1945 has made the 'heavy-hearted' decision to close up shop later this year. 

The family business on Abbey Street, Chivers Sports Carlisle, posted the announcement on social media earlier today (January 19). 

The owners have taken the decision to retire but will be trading as normal over the next couple of months. 

On social media, the business posted: "It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to retire. We will be closing the business in the next few months but will be trading as normal and taking new 2023 stock until then. 

"The decision to close our business, formed in 1945, has not been an easy one as we have enjoyed developing relationships with our customers from not only Carlisle and Cumbria, but all over the UK. Chivers Sports would not have been a success without you. 

"We would also like to thank our special staff for all their hard work and loyalty," they said. 

Further information is to come surrounding the closure in due course. 
"Happy running and stay safe," they said. 

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