Celebrating Sheffield’s independent stores

Manager of Atkinsons Colin Frith outside the store on the Moor in Sheffield
Manager of Atkinsons Colin Frith outside the store on the Moor in Sheffield
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A special event to promote Sheffield’s independent retailers is taking place in the city this weekend.

The Independents’ Day Market takes place on Saturday in Fargate from 1pm until 7pm and aims to showcase Sheffield’s independent businesses as part of a drive to entice shoppers into the city centre

Atkinson’s, the city’s largest family-run retailer, will be staging an exhibition about its 141-year history at the Sheffield Council event.

Manager Graham Frith, told The Star it was important to showcase independent stores, as they were what made Sheffield ‘different’.

He said: “We will be at the market, not to sell, but to tell the people of Sheffield about our history and our future.

“We’ve been trading for 141 years and the city has such a vibrant retail history to share. It’s important we show residents we are players in the industry – we’ve got to stay different to survive.”

Among those taking part are Bang Bang Vintage, The Nichols Building and Bird’s Yard.

The market marks the start of the council’s Summer Saturdays campaign which aims to tempt shoppers into the city centre with a range of activities and entertainments.

An Independents’ Day Market takes place in the city on Thursday, July 4.

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