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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Maryport's Carlton Cinema on the market

One of Maryport’s most prominent town centre buildings has been put up for sale.

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Steve Wood: Selling Maryport’s prominent Carlton building for personal reasons

Steve Wood, owner of the Carlton building for the last five years, confirmed this week that he had placed it on the market.

The building, on the corner of Curzon Street, is up for sale with the Hyde Harrington agency.

Mr Wood said he wanted an indoor market, which he had established in the former cinema building, to continue to operate.

He hoped that a buyer would allow him to carry on running the market, which has more than 10 stalls and a cafe, on the ground floor.

He opened the indoor market last November and said that even if the Carlton was no longer an option as its home, he still wanted it to have a presence in the town and would look for other premises.

Mr Wood added: “The Carlton building is being sold for personal reasons but I would prefer not to comment at the moment.

“The market will continue trading from this building in the foreseeable future. I am determined that it will continue in Maryport.”

Mr Wood bought the Carlton Cinema almost five years ago as a base for a pottery business and cafe. He had relocated from Stoke to run the business.

Dry rot was then found on the ground floor and he was forced to close the cafe and liquidate that part of the business.

It cost £600,000 to restore the dilapidated building, which he did with funding from an Allerdale council regeneration scheme.

He paid for the restoration of the dry rot affected floor and correcting problems out of his own pocket.

He turned the Carlton, one of Maryport’s major eyesore buildings, into a china pottery manufacturing base.

He also ran Lakeland China on Cockermouth Main Street.

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