Furniture giant vows to improve Sheffield’s shopping

Ian Nicholson at the former Tinsley Wire site on Sheffield Road where plans are going forward for a new Ikea store
Ian Nicholson at the former Tinsley Wire site on Sheffield Road where plans are going forward for a new Ikea store
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Retail giant Ikea says it will improve trade in Sheffield after a rival raised concerns it could damage the city centre.

The Swedish furniture and homeware firm has applied for planning permission to build a £60 million, 37,000 sq feet store on land off Sheffield Road, Tinsley.

Artist's impression of  Ikea's Meadowhall outlet.

Artist's impression of Ikea's Meadowhall outlet.

However, city centre department store John Lewis has objected to the firm’s plans in a letter to Sheffield Council, the planning authority.

Writing on behalf of the department store, Caroline Keane, of CBRE, said: “The proposed Ikea store will compete with the city centre and draw trade directly from the city centre’s anchor stores, such as John Lewis, Debenhams and BHS.”

However, Ikea said it trades successfully alongside rival stores in other cities and sees no reason why Sheffield should be different.

Ian Nicholson, Ikea’s Sheffield project manager, said: “As part of the planning process, other retailers and stakeholders are invited to offer comments and representations on applications.

“We will respond to these in due course through our continued discussions with the council during the planning process.

“Our thorough assessment demonstrates an IKEA store in this location would not draw significant trade away from Sheffield city centre.

“Instead, we expect to add benefit to the whole city by bringing in new customers and keeping existing shoppers spending money in Sheffield.

“Currently a number of people are shopping elsewhere, including at other Ikea stores.

“Our own investment in Sheffield will total £60 million and will create up to 400 permanent jobs.”