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Penrith

Penrith is an important shopping destination for both the local population and tourists alike, with its low retail property vacancy rate reflecting demand for the town. It has an excellent mix of traditional shops and sophisticated arcades that provide the renowned local produce of fudge, Cumberland sausage and ginger bread, supplementing a strong line-up of national retailers that include Boots, Burton Menswear, The Carphone Warehouse, Costa Coffee, Country Casuals, Dorothy Perkins, Goldsmiths, Mountain Warehouse, O2 and WH Smith.

Although immediately adjacent to the M6, the town is some distance from other centres ensuring that it is a key shopping destination for the wider region. The town has a catchment population of 82,513 and the comparison’s goods turnover was £93.3 million last year (source: CACI 2011).  During 2010, Eden Valley attracted 4.3 million visitors, who spent £217 million in the district (source: 2010 STEAM report).