Carlisle department store, Hoopers, is to close with the loss of 83 jobs. The store, on Castle Street in the city centre, has been open since 2006. Previously it was known as 'Bulloughs' and the building has been a department store for over 100 years. Managing Director Anne Horton said "we have had to conclude Hoopers' style of trading has not been a success in Carlisle and the store is no longer sustainable"
The shop is currently closed while staff prepare for a clearance sale and will continue trading until June 23 at the latest, it could close within the next few weeks. No other Hoopers stores in the UK are affected by the closure.
It's the latest shop closure to hit the city centre in recent months. Rob Johnson from Cumbria Chamber of Commerce told ITV News the high streets in Cumbria and the North-West are performing better than other parts of the UK.
– Rob Johnson, Chief Executive Cumbria Chamber of Commerce.
It's not where we were, but it's certainly not as bleak as it's been painted in the national picture