Carlisle's Chapmans shop to shut after 165 years
Last updated at 14:48, Thursday, 08 March 2012
A landmark furniture business in Carlisle is to close after 165 years.
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What a absolute shame. Our towns and citys are becoming increasingly saturated with bog standard chain stores and charity shops. We are losing our unique local identity which is enhanced by local family run businesses offering high quality goods and great customer service. Perhaps Carlisle city centre chiefs should consider lease cost reductions to encourage local businesses to stay, in what are already financially difficult times for us all.
I will be very sorry to see Chapman close. Their furniture is high quality and, yes, made by good British craftsmen. I agree that we are inundated with shoddy foreign imports - everything from clothing to bedding seems to come from thousands of miles away. My Chapmans dining table, chairs and corner cupboard will go on for ever.
This will have impacts far beyond Carlisle and cost far more than 20 jobs. Chapmans are known throughout the UK for supplying top quality furniture made by British Craftsmen. Those manufacturers will struggle to find another outlet while the market remains saturated with shoddy foreign imports sold on misleading internet sites.