Workmen begin turning listed bank into a Tesco

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Work is under way to convert part of an old bank in Sheffield city centre into a Tesco Express store.

Workmen are on site at the former HSBC bank on Church Street - a listed building opposite Sheffield Cathedral, next door to Cutlers Hall - which is due to open as supermarket in early December.

Church Assets Ltd was granted permission last April to divide the old bank into two separate units, after councillors were assured that key elements, including the ornate banking hall, dome and spiral staircase, would be protected.

Built in 1838, the premises have been empty for five years, and the council was told they are now ‘very dilapidated’. Approved new uses included a supermarket, commercial premises and a restaurant.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We’re pleased to be opening a new store in this fantastic building in Sheffield, and we’ve worked hard to make sure we respect the heritage of the site.

“We’ll be employing around 20 people and hope to be open in early December.”

Rival Sainsbury’s, which already has shops in Arundel Gate and Division Street, is preparing to open one of its ‘Local’ outlets nearby on High Street, in premises formerly occupied by outdoor clothing specialists Blacks.