Jobs joy as deal signed for Sheffield store

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Bosses at supermarket giant Tesco have signed a deal to anchor a £42-million development in Sheffield.

The retailer estimates the 630,000 sq feet store in Fox Valley, Stocksbridge, would employ about 250 staff, while the entire retail, commercial and leisure complex will generate up to 900 jobs.

Barnsley-based Dransfield Properties’ scheme for the former Outokumpu steel factory site, off Manchester Road, has been planned for several years, and includes shops, offices, restaurants, a gym and a 635-space car park alongside new houses and a warehouse for steel firm Tata.

It also envisages a new link road from Fox Valley to the A616 Stocksbridge bypass.

Amanda Holmes, for Dransfield, said: “This is a complex development and one we have been working on for more than six years.

“We know there is huge interest within the community about the scheme and are pleased things are moving in a positive direction.

“There is further work to be done before we can make a start, but we look forward to making announcements in the coming weeks.”

Mark Thomas, for Tesco, said: “We’re happy to be progressing our Stocksbridge plans in conjunction with Dransfield Properties.

“The store should create about 250 jobs, providing a major boost to employment.

“We’re looking forward to being a great new part of Stocksbridge.”

Coun Alison Brelsford, Stocksbridge Mayor, said ‘careful integration’ of the development and Stocksbridge town centre was needed to protect existing stores.