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First Minister questioned about Edinburgh Woollen Mill move

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is 'very disappointed' by Edinburgh Woollen Mill's decision to move its site in Langholm to Carlisle.

Her remark came in response to Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell in the Scottish Parliament, who asked Ms Sturgeon to reveal what support is being offered to help the struggling economy in surrounding areas:

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Edinburgh Woollen Mill move to Carlisle confirmed

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Langholm Credit: ITV Border

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill has confirmed a date is set for its site in Langholm to move to Carlisle.

Scottish Secretary and Dumfriesshire MSP David Mundell made the claim on Twitter.

He called on the retailer to recognise the support the community has provided 'over many years'.

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A spokesperson for the EWM Group said:

The decision to move to Carlisle was not taken lightly or quickly, but EWM Group is expanding and our current premises in Langholm are not capable of supporting a modern, fast-growing, national retail development.

Langholm has played a critical role in our company's history and heritage, and we will be retaining our headquarters building there.

We have ambitions to turn the building into a heritage centre which celebrates the role that both Edinburgh Woollen Mill and textiles has played, and continues to play, in Scotland."

– EWM Group spokesperson

The date of the move will be on or around 30 July 2018.

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