A rundown empty building on The Moor will be transformed into a state-of-the-art new shop – complete with giant video screen.
The new development has been revealed as part of plans for the final stage of the multi-million pound redevelopment of The Moor.
Aberdeen UK Property Fund has submitted an application to knock down the existing shops opposite Debenhams and replace them with a new three-storey building.
With the Moor Market already finished and the new cinema nearing completion, the third phase will complete a project designed to revitalise one of Sheffield’s key shopping streets.
Ranald Philips, director of Ashcroft, who is development manager for The Moor, said: “It’s the last major piece of the jigsaw.
“There are still other works we have planned, and we have been focused on phase two, but now that’s coming to completion we are looking to get planning in place for phase three so we are ready to develop it as soon as possible.”
He added: “It’s a less-than-attractive building at the moment. It’s largely unoccupied.
“We have been contemplating redevelopment for quite a while now. So it’s really paving the way for that to happen.”
A retailer for the new shop has not yet been confirmed, but the building will feature a huge video screen above the corner entrance at the top of The Moor.
A previous application for phase three was approved by Sheffield Council in 2011, but the time limit on the planning permission will expire soon.
The phase two development includes a new nine-screen cinema, shops and seven restaurants. The flagship Primark store will open on October 28, while the new Light cinema is due to open in May.
It is intended The Moor will eventually link with the new Sheffield Retail Quarter, with demolition work on the former Grosvenor House Hotel and surrounding shops ongoing. A new office block will become the new home of HSBC.
Charter Square roundabout will also be removed and replaced by a new pedestrian area.
Mr Philips said he hoped the various redevelopment projects would cause tenants such as Debenhams to spend money tidying up their buildings.
“Hopefully by the time we fully open phase two and we have a gleaming HSBC on the other side, they may do something,” he said
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