SIX years ago, massive regeneration was promised to part of the retail centre of Sheffield with the £600m Sevenstone development.
That was set to transform a once-bustling shopping area that has alas seen better days.
Compulsory purchase orders were issued on the back of the plans to create the retail quarter. And shops moved out in anticipation of the development.
Then, the recession struck. Shop fronts remained boarded up and instead of new development, came stagnation.
No-one could really have predicted the depth of the recession and effect it was to have on stalling regeneration.
But today we bear witness to one of the most high-profile victims of the economic slowdown, with the decision to shut one of the city’s longest-serving retailers - Pollards Tea and Coffee.
Its owner, clearly frustrated by the promises that failed to deliver regeneration, plants the blame squarely at the foot of the city council. The council stands accused of not doing enough to have helped Pollards to relocate to a more thriving part of the city.
But, in all honesty, the authority is powerless if the likes of Hammerson, which is the development company behind the scheme, does not go ahead with its plans.
It is a sad day for the 18 staff and for the city to lose such a household name.
Rocker Rod a real life hero for fan
IMAGINE how Rod Stewart superfan Kim Tinkler felt when a package she’d sent to her hero was returned.
No doubt she feared the worst as she only had the address of his local post office and even if it had got to Rod, he wouldn’t notice it, would he?
But to Kim’s delight, Rod proved the perfect hero. Not only had he opened Kim’s package of cuttings, he’d framed and autographed them.
So when he returned them by post to Kim, it confirmed what she’d always thought - the £20,000 she has spent following him, was well worth it.
THE humble Cornish Pasty is not always a thing of beauty.
But when done right, it is a marvellous invention. Just ask the 10,000 customers who pass through the doors of Sheffield businessman John Worrall’s 10 pasty outlets every week.
His Proper Pasty Company has proven so popular, he is now to do the unthinkable - open up an 11th store in Cornwall.
The plan is reminiscent of the American entrepreneur Timothy Dexter who, made massive profits by defying the popular saying and selling coals to Newcastle. Here’s hoping selling Cornish pasties to the Cornish yields the same results for John.