Facebook petition launched to bring Primark to Carlisle
Last updated at 12:16, Thursday, 22 March 2012
Fans of discount clothes retailer Primark have launched a Facebook campaign urging the company to come to Carlisle.
The ‘Bring Primark to Carlisle’ page appeared on the social networking site on Tuesday following a plea by a councillor for the firm to open a shop in the city.
Joe Hendry wants the company to take over the Chapmans furniture store on Victoria Viaduct when the business closes in the autumn.
Mr Hendry, leader of the opposition Labour group on Carlisle City Council, has asked council chief executive Jason Gooding to approach Primark and the owner of the building to see if a deal can be struck.
The Facebook page, which is calling for a petition in support of the move, has so far collected 30 ‘likes’ from supporters.
Dr Hendry said: “It would be a huge boost for Carlisle’s shopping and there is clearly a demand for such a store.
The nearest Primark outlets are at the Metro Centre in Gateshead, Newcastle and Glasgow.
The company has long been linked to Carlisle.
There were rumours it would take over the Littlewoods store in The Lanes, which closed in 2006.
Then in 2009 Primark’s deputy managing director, Seamus Halford, told the then Carlisle MP Eric Martlew that it wanted to open in the city.
Mr Martlew said at the time: “He told me Carlisle is one of their target locations. But they have, as yet, been unable to locate premises large enough to meet their requirements. Their property agents are actively looking for sites.”
Chapman’s announced two weeks ago that it would not renew the lease on its Carlisle branch.
It will also close its flagship Newcastle store, bringing to an end a business that dates back to 1847. A closing-down sale starts at the end of May and the Carlisle store will shut in September with the loss of 20 jobs.
First published at 11:29, Thursday, 22 March 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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Jim. Is not the Tesco v Council seemingly ongoing attempts in trying to revert their decision of 2007. I believe the council rightly prefer that the Morton site is preferable to Tesco than the Viaduct. Is it not true, the council want them to stay where they are in the town, instead of moving? It's not rocket science too know the pickle their planning acceptances will create in allowing two major supermarket stores, as almost bidding neighbours. The obvious traffic grid locks has already been foreseen. Yes, they have long-term vision but not in regard Rickergate residents blocking their purchase of property and what was, or still is a council owned Italian restaurant. Was not a new Central Plaza Hotel planned in this area? Go a bit further back and the lanes was planned prior to WW2. That is long-term vision that at least was fruitful which made the city a superb regional shopping area, although loss of many local established shops, some that could not afford new rents. As previously mentioned the three separate buildings of Hotel, Tesco (if they move) and Chapmans would be a opportunity to extend the shopping centre within it's present environment, even linking onto city carparks (via a lift ...) via rear present derelict (name?) lanes, aside Bush Brow.The vision of a new 'Her Majesty's Theatre' (the old one was demolished) is still perhaps also a dream not planned despite attempts by many in wanting the former ABC Cinema of the Lonsdale. West Cumbria's Rosehill Theatre recently got, was it something like 2 million.... ? Primark remains a vision with it being used now as a tool for voting....... Thanks, Jim for prompting me further on this topic. I'm, keeping up in the queue at the Carlisle City Picture House (it was demolished for a favourable store) for the present all action showing.
Roy you said: "If Carlisle Council had any vision of long-term planning they would have let Tesco move to the Viaduct"Tescos have planning permission for the viaduct site, they got in 2007. Do keep up.
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