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Jobs hope as Next announces new Carlisle store

A jobs boost is on its way after high street giants Next announced it was opening another store on the outskirts of Carlisle.

The popular international chain has is to open one of its Home stores at Kingstown Retail Park, near PC World and Homebase, next year. It’s thought the new store might be in the unit currently occupied by Curry’s – as they are likely to share a store with PC World.

A Next spokesman said: “I can confirm that we are planning to open a Home store in Carlisle next year. It is a stand alone store and will be 1,300sq ft of retail space.

“Jobs will be created but I can’t say how many at this stage.”

The Next Home brand sells furniture, sofas, curtains and blinds, rugs, mirrors, lighting as well as accessories.

Next already has two stores in the city centre, which usually attract long queues, in its traditional Boxing Day sale.

One of the city centre shops, in The Lanes, sells clothing and shoes for men and women with a small range of homeware accessories upstairs.

The second store, on English Street, sells clothing for children and babies.

Councillor Marilyn Bowman, who is responsible for economic development at Carlisle City Council, said: “We welcome any new investment within the city, especially if it provides new jobs and opportunities for our local workforce.

“It’s great to hear that a national retailer is seeing the potential for growth within the city, it proves that the city is regarded as a good place to invest.”

Source : Pam McClounie – News & Star

23 August 2011
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