Hundreds of people visited a public exhibition on new plans for Sheffield’s long-awaited retail quarter in just a few hours - and shared their views on the scheme.
The display is on Fargate in Sheffield city centre, close to where the new quarter could be built, this week as part of Sheffield Council’s public consultation.
By lunchtime today around 350 people had called in to find out about the new £480m proposals, which replace the failed Sevenstone scheme.
“It looks fabulous”, said Janet Marshall from Dronfield, a regular Sheffield shopper who hoped brands Zara and Ted Baker might be part of the quarter.
“We’ve just filled the questionnaire in and what I said was I want this to make Sheffield a city that can compete with Birmingham, Leeds and Nottingham because they all have great retail quarters and we haven’t. “I think there might be a chance of this one happening at last.”
Other shoppers were also cautious after years of waiting for a new retail quarter, saying it was ‘about time’.
If it comes to fruition, both phases are scheduled for completion by 2021,
Retired welder David Nell, of Shiregreen, said: “Sheffield has always been a badly designed city centre.
“I’d like to see more of an American style block so it is easier to get around.
“I’d also like to see TJ Hughes in it, I don’t like it down on The Moor, andI think the new market has been a waste of time to be honest.”
William Cowey, from Woodhouse, called in to look at a 3D model of the scheme with wife Susan.
The 63-year-old said: “I’d like a variety of shops, ones that are going to attract people to come to Sheffield from other areas because today everyone says they are going to Doncaster or Leeds or Wakefield instead.”
Inside the display billboards said there was a ‘world class’ team driving forward plans and the quarter would include premium and mid market brands. The stall is open from 11am-6pm Thursday and Friday, and 11am-5pm on Saturday.