TJ Hughes is moving to where the markets will be. But the current, iconic building, must not be allowed to become an eyesore.”
Shelagh Hardy, 60, a care home worker, from Firth Park, added: “I’m glad TJs is staying in Sheffield. It’s important to have a good department store like this because there’s not many of them any more.”
Sue Anderson, of Dore, added: “I shop at TJ Hughes and people have been worried about what would happen. It’s good news.”
And Sheila Callaghan, of Worrall, who is retired, said: “I’m pleased TJ Hughes is staying in the city centre. It’s very popular.”
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member responsible for business and development, said: “If the news proves to be concrete then it is fantastic for the city centre.
“The move would demonstrate if the right type of units are available, major retailers will take the opportunity to be in the city centre.”
TJ Hughes is renting the temporary store from The Moor’s landlord Scottish Widows, who would also be the landlord for the new permanent site.
Ranald Phillips, director at Ashcroft, agents for Scottish Widows, said: TJ Hughes will be moving into the retail unit previously occupied by Peacocks, on a temporary basis. This is good news in the run-up to Christmas and will boost the retail offer on The Moor for shoppers.”
He said discussions were ongoing ‘regarding a more permanent tenancy’ although terms have not been agreed.
Mr Ashcroft added: “Work continues on The Moor’s public realm and we hope the public can start to see the positive changes that are taking place.”