The next step in a plan to finally create Sheffield’s long-awaited retail quarter is expected to be revealed before Christmas.
Sheffield Council announced six months ago it planned to purchase properties in the area between Pinstone Street, Moorhead and Barker’s Pool in a £55 million deal to get them back from developer Hammerson.
Since then, work has been going on behind the scenes to develop what the quarter could look like, who it will attract and finalise legal details.
Now the council is set to announce the next stage of the process – to involve more detailed plans – in the next few days.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, said: “We are still working extremely hard on the retail quarter to ensure we have the best possible proposal for the city.
“We expect to be able to make more announcements on the next step of the plans before Christmas.
“I can’t say the names, but we have had interest from a number of retailers which want to come to Sheffield and also from developers.”
Plans for the £400m Sevenstone shopping centre were shelved last year after repeated delays from Hammerson.
The upcoming announcement is also expected to be bolstered by council plans to re-use empty units in the city centre and shopping districts, which are also in the pipeline.
The separate scheme will aim to help retailers take on sites, use expert advice from across the globe, and is also expected to be announced before Christmas.
Work has been ongoing for about 10 months to prepare that proposal.
Coun Bramall said the work to develop the retail scheme was ‘unbelievably complex’.
He said: “People think you can just draw a map and put a John Lewis on, but it’s not like that at all.
“To get that scheme right and make it attractive you have to consider it in a certain way so we have to look at everything.”