The Mail office in Barrow up for sale for £350,000

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said it was a sad day to see the town’s iconic Evening Mail building go up for sale for £350,000.

He added that he didn’t feel it was good for the community that the paper seemed to be greatly downgrading it’s physical presence in the town.

The reporting team - apart from one homeworker - have been based at the Westmorland Gazette offices in Kendal since August and this month saw all of the Barrow-based subbing team and advertising team leave.

CN Media, who owned the recently re-branded The Mail, were bought out by Newsquest earlier this year and they began selling off assets such as the Carlisle printing press.

The paper’s circulation has plummeted in the last 15 years from over 20,000 copies a day to just 7,500 according to recent ABC figures.

The Mail was founded as the North-Western Daily Mail in 1898, becoming the North-Western Evening Mail in 1941 and the North-West Evening Mail in 1987.

Now the Abbey Road HQ is up for sale for £350,000.

Carigiet Cowen who are selling the property describe it as “A substantial two and part three storey office building originally dating from the late 19th century with excellent on-site parking provision.

“Internally, the accommodation comprises a mix of open plan and private office space, meeting rooms, stores and ancillary facilities on each floor.

“The property offers potential for alternative use, subject to planning, with scope to install a lift.”

Mr Woodcock said: “It is no secret that the newspaper industry is going through a turbulent period in its history and that is reflected by the fact that since 2005 more than 220 local papers have closed across the UK – principally because people get their news from social media and the internet.

“The Mail is not immune from falling circulation and the declining advertising revenues that go with this situation and if there were magic wands to fix the problem everyone in the industry would be waving them.

“Nevertheless, it is very sad that the Mail’s new owners are selling the Abbey Road premises and moving staff to Kendal - all in the name of efficiency savings.

"I have enjoyed good relations with many local journalists and I hope that will continue. But it cannot be good for our community that the paper seems to be downgrading so greatly it’s physical presence in the town.”

HuddleHub approached The Mail for comment yesterday but as yet they have not made any comment.
HuddleHub have also contacted Primark to see if they are interested in the building, we are awaiting a response. 

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