Demolition for Sheffield city centre’s biggest retail redevelopment in years has reached the halfway stage - and the new building is set to open by 2015.
Sandra Barley, centre liaison manager for The Moor, proudly showed off progress at the site below Debenhams, which will be home to a 200,000 sq metre building housing a new Primark, a cinema, five restaurants and four other shops.
Bulldozers have already munched through most of the former retail units next to The Moor.
The replacement building - known as ‘Block One’ - will be completed in 2015.
The remaining sections to be pulled down are the former Stone The Crows shop, a multi-storey car park, and old Job Centre offices - which should take the rest of the year.
Sandra said: “It’s an exciting time for us. Already, The Moor looks a lot better with the new public realm and construction of the market and TJ Hughes store.
“One of the agents for Scottish Widows has said he wants The Moor to be the Oxford Street of Sheffield - but I want it to become like the Champs-Élysées.”
She added that talks are ongoing between The Moor and restaurant operators for Block One, and with fashion retailers for the former McDonald’s and JJB Sports block at the top of The Moor. An anchor tenant is needed before construction can begin.
Sandra said the improvements have encouraged bumper crowds at public events on The Moor.
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