High street fashion chain Primark is set to move from its current premises in Sheffield to a new store on The Moor.
The firm has signed up for a shop giving 45,000 sq feet of retail space over two levels, forming part of the new retail and leisure complex set to be built next to Debenham’s.
The development is expected to be complete in summer 2015.
However, the move leaves a question mark over the future use of Primark’s present High Street home.
Castle Market is already moving, and department store TJ Hughes is also relocating across the city centre to The Moor, to be replaced by branches of Sports Direct, British Heart Foundation and Poundland.
Demolition work is well under way on The Moor to make room for the retail and leisure complex, which will also include a multi-screen cinema and restaurants.
Primark said the company was ‘delighted to have secured a store on The Moor.’
A spokeswoman said: “We look forward to welcoming our loyal customers from Sheffield and the surrounding area to the new store.”
Kerri Hunter, co-manager at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Property Trust, which owns The Moor, said the Primark deal was a ‘significant step forward’.
She said: “I’m delighted that, on the back of our investment to date, prime retailers share our confidence in The Moor as a primary retail location.”
Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “It’s great news that Primark will be taking up one of the new units.
“A well-known store moving to a new, high-quality retail development shows increasing confidence in the area.
“We look forward to seeing work progress and welcoming more well-known brands to the area.”
Three other retailers are expected to agree deals for new shops on The Moor shortly.