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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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New Carlisle Iceland store to create 22 jobs

Frozen foods chain Iceland is opening a second store in Carlisle, creating 22 jobs.

Iceland shop photo
The new Iceland in Carlisle

And another 20 jobs are on their way to the city in an upmarket burger restaurant opening as part of a new boutique hotel.

News of the double jobs boost comes in the same week as pizza chain Papa Johns announced it will be creating 25 jobs with a new outlet on Warwick Road later this month.

The investment from the firms is being hailed as another mark of confidence in the city’s economy as Carlisle’s recovery from recession continues.

Iceland will join a clutch of other stores by opening at St Nicholas Gate Retail Park.

Asda and B&M Bargains Homestore have joined Halfords there as part of a multi-million pound overhaul of the park, off London Road.

Iceland, which already has a shop on Lowther Street, will open its doors on June 3. Store manager Tim Hartley said: “We will be creating around 22 new jobs.

“We are delighted to be opening our new store on St Nicholas Gate Retail Park.

“The Iceland store on Lowther Street will remain open and unaffected by the new store opening.”

Plans have also been revealed for the burger restaurant in the city centre.

Belted Burgers will open on the ground floor of the city’s newest hotel The Halston – Carlisle’s former post office – next month.

A Winter Spa, featuring a hair and beauty salon, will also open in the chic new Warwick Road venue.

The Belted Burgers restaurant will be run by Evan Taylor, 31, of Denton Holme, and Steve and Jenny Gilchrist, of Moffat in Dumfriesshire.

Also on board is former Michelin-starred chef Ian McAndrew who owns The Blackaddie Hotel in Sanquhar, north of Dumfries.

The burgers will be made from 100 per cent Galloway-raised beef.

It’s hoped the restaurant, in the landmark building, will open in the middle of June.

It is also hoped that there will be Belted Burgers in Edinburgh and Glasgow by the end of the year and in Newcastle, Aberdeen and Dundee in the future.

Mr Taylor said: “We are pulling out all the stops to make Belted Burgers an extremely special restaurant serving quality food.”

The Halston Aparthotel will offer 16 apartments, including penthouses. They will contain features such as kitchens, living areas and LED televisions.

Reception and housekeeping staff for The Halston have already been recruited.

Bosses at The Winter Spa said they received a “huge response” to their advert for employees.

Belted Burgers is now looking for management, kitchen, bar and front-of-house staff.

Carlisle City Council leader Colin Glover has welcomed the investments.

He said: “It’s good to see confidence returning to the city with new jobs being created and new companies investing here.

“The city council is working hard with businesses to show them that Carlisle is a place to grow and invest their businesses.

“Once we get people here you find that they’re very impressed with the city.”

A number of new bars are also opening in the Devonshire Street area, bringing jobs with them.

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