A new store for John Lewis is being factored into plans for Sheffield’s new retail quarter, it has been confirmed.
The Barker’s Pool department store would be knocked down and moved to a new location under proposals for the £480 million shopping quarter.
It is hoped the shop would be the ‘anchor’ tenant of the scheme - as it was for the failed Sevenstone project with developer Hammerson.
Proposals show a pedestrianised extension of Fargate through Barker’s Pool and a ‘new generation’ shop fronting on to a revived Charter Square.
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for business, said: “We are discussing the scheme with John Lewis and trying to do it in the right way.
“There is no doubt John Lewis are a key retailer in the city centre and like all the retailers we are discussing the scheme with them and whether they want to be part of it or not.”
James Prince, managing director of John Lewis Sheffield, said: “They have produced a scheme that clearly shows a road running through our shop and we are in constant dialogue with them to understand the proposed scheme and whether we would be in that or not.”
A John Lewis spokeswoman said the retailer had ‘not agreed’ details of the plan.
She added: “We welcome the council’s ambition to encourage new investment in the city centre but there are significant implications for John Lewis in the draft plan.”
Under Sevenstone, John Lewis would have got a new store on the Wellington Street fire station site. The existing shop underwent a £1.3m revamp last year.
A public display on Fargate - visited by more than 3,000 people - gave details of buildings which would be demolished, including John Lewis, Barker’s Pool House and the Grosvenor Hotel.