Cranstons to refurbish Carlisle store
Published:  08 May, 2017

Cranstons plans to complete refurbishment of its Carlisle store in Fisher Street by the end of June. 

The shop, which has traded in the heart of the city centre, will be remodelled and restyled as a local produce food hall, following an investment of £200,000. That would bring it up to date with the standards of Cranstons’ recent Food Hall openings at Orton Grange and Brampton.

The refitted food hall will offer shoppers butchery and delicatessen counters, plus a hot and cold takeaway food counter, said the company. There will also be an enhanced range of ‘grab and go’ produce and a broader range of complementary local food and drink. Staff numbers will remain the same.

Cranstons told Meat Trades Journal that the store makeover would entail a reduction in size of the meat counter, but an increase in the range of prepacked meats.

The company said the shop would continue to draw on supplies from producers with whom it had established a longstanding relationship, such as David Dickinson of Canonbie and Geoff Bell of Long Marton near Penrith.

Cranstons will be stocking bestselling lines from its other food halls, including: milk, yoghurts, cheeses, chilled desserts, locally made cakes, jams, chutneys, confectionery and ice cream. The food hall will be licensed to sell wine and ale from three Cumbrian breweries.

Cranstons Carlisle manager Barry Pearson claimed the new takeaway breakfast and lunch area within the shop was designed to provide a real draw for people looking for food on the go in the city centre. “We are really excited to be bringing the full Cranstons Food Hall concept to our loyal customers. I am particularly excited about the new and improved hot and cold takeaway food area, which features a big new hot counter, a new bean-to-cup coffee machine and a completely new salad bar and sandwich area.”

Local building contractor Postlethwaite Construction is set to start work at the end of May and Cranstons hopes to officially open the refurbished premises before July, the company said. The shop will remain open throughout the project with sections being sectioned off for phased work to be completed whilst produce continues to be served elsewhere in the food hall.

Cranstons managing director Philip Cranston said: “We last refurbished the shop in 1999, so I am looking forward to seeing the modern fresh interior and new more shopper-friendly layout our designer has devised come to fruition.

“The food hall concept, combining our own quality meats and delicatessen produce with food and drink from elsewhere in the county has proved a real hit elsewhere, so we are very excited to be able to offer this shopping experience in the heart of Carlisle.”