The closure of Hoopers department store in Carlisle, and what might replace it

Graham Soult

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  1. Hazel says:

    I think the problem with Hooper’s in Carlisle was that it never tapped into what locals wanted. It was way too expensive-you only had to see what didn’t sell in the nearby House of Frazer to see that Hooper’s would struggle. Carlisle has lots of farming money but nowhere near the levels of disposible income of Harrogate, where there was another Hopper’s.
    I think they acted foolishly and did too little research before buying.
    Every person I heard talk of the Carlisle store said it was too dear.
    Bulloughs had survived over the years partly by courting the shoppers with lower priced sale bargains.Hoopers was too elite.

  1. June 22, 2012

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  2. August 10, 2012

    […] Talks that could result in the rescue of Hoopers department store in Carlisle are still ongoing, I understand, three months on from the announcement of the store’s likely closure. […]

  3. August 25, 2012

    […] the upmarket Carlisle department store whose closure was announced in May, is to finally shut at the close of trade today (Saturday 25 […]

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