Carlisle lingerie boutique closes its doors after 71 years

Carlisle lingerie boutique Turnbulls has ceased trading after 71 years.

The independent retailer, based at Carlyle’s Court, issued a statement in December saying it would close due to ‘ongoing problems beyond their control’.

And now the company’s website says it has ceased trading after “a terrible 15 months with water coming through the ceiling.”

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“We felt we simply had no choice but to leave this unit, after problems beyond our control,” the company added.

Sisters Sheila Wykes and Alison Johnston closed the store on Saturday, but have not ruled out the possibility that Turnbulls may reopen elsewhere.

“[We’ll take] time out to collect our thoughts and then possibly consider opening elsewhere later in the year. We will always let you know,” the owners told their customers in the statement.

The business was founded in the southern suburb of Currock in 1947 by Sheila and Alison’s parents, Beryl and Arthur. Initially it sold clothing and gifts.

The shop moved to Scotch Street, then Kinmont Arcade for 19 years, and its current home 13 years ago.

Sheila and Alison have been in charge since 1975, when their parents died. The sisters streamlined the product range and became lingerie specialists.



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