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Revamp kicks off at Hoopers' Carlisle store

Department store group Hoopers has kicked off a major overhaul at its Carlisle store, involving a six-figure investment and including the menswear department.

The ground floor menswear area will be extended and interior walls removed to create a more spacious feel. The new-look department, which is due to be unveiled in September, will be based on a colour scheme of "cool tones with dramatic backdrops".

The department sells brands including Gant, Polo Ralph Lauren, Duchamp, Eton and DKNY.

Managing director Anne Horton said: "We bought Bulloughs of Carlisle's store last year and we've spent a lot of time deciding how to take it forward. We want a more contemporary look.

"The building is part of the historic quarter of the town, so we wanted to do something that would create the right balance between its heritage and a more modern look."

The store will introduce a new cookshop and linen department on the second floor, along with a restaurant to open by the end of July.

Design company Raylian is creating the new store design, which will also be extended to include a boutique-style cosmetics and fragrance area.

Hoopers has eight shops, including three standalone menswear stores.

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