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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Firms move out to make way for Sainsbury's new Carlisle superstore

Sainsbury's £40 million Carlisle superstore has come a step closer as the remaining businesses in Bridge Street, Caldewgate, move out to make way.

Sainsbury store site photo
From the Carrs factory overlooking property on Byron Street, which is due to be redeveloped

Construction of the 95,000sq ft store, at the corner of Bridge Street and Bridge Lane, should start by the end of the year. It is due to open before Christmas 2012 creating around 500 jobs.

Beautiful Interiors recently moved across the road to Byron House in Shaddongate while the Good Year Chinese Takeaway closed on July 17 after 27 years in business.

KC Superbikes will be one of the last to leave before the bulldozers move in.

The Triumph and Suzuki motorcycle dealership has started work on a replacement showroom in nearby Church Street on the site of the old Solway Main service station, which closed after the 2005 floods.

Managing director Mike Mumberson said: “The building should be completed on December 2.

“Sainsbury’s have bought our existing premises and that gave us the opportunity to do what we wanted.

“We could have gone anywhere but we opted to stay in Caldewgate.

“I think the area will be fabulous when the redevelopment is finished.”

The two-storey showroom will be bigger than KC Superbikes’ current premises.

The business is holding a closing-down sale ahead of the move. It employs five people and has already given one part-time employee a full-time post as a result of the expansion. Mr Mumberson hopes that more jobs will follow.

The new showroom will house

KC Superbikes began life as WT Tiffen & Son on the corner of Annetwell Street in 1900. It later became Kawasaki Carlisle and had to move to Caldewgate in the late 1970s to make way for the Castle Way dual carriageway.

Sainsbury’s expects to award the construction contract for its store in the next few weeks.

Jo Try, regional development executive, said: “We can confirm that construction of the Caldewgate store is due to begin before the end of the year. We hope it will be ready for the Christmas 2012 trading period.”

Virtually all the obstacles to starting work have been removed. The Government Office North West said last autumn that it would not ‘call in’ the scheme for a public inquiry.

Then in February, Sainsbury’s signed a binding agreement with Carlisle City Council – a condition of the planning consent – to hand over more than £1m for road and environmental improvements.

The store will be set back from the road with a mainly-glazed frontage, parking for 446 cars and a petrol station.

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