Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is hoping to open a new mini-supermarket on the site of a former outdoor shop in Sheffield city centre.
The retailer has confirmed it is in the process of agreeing a lease with Sheffield Council to move into the unit on High Street, formerly occupied by Blacks, the outdoor clothing store which closed down last month.
Sainsbury’s said the deal to bring the store to Sheffield had not yet been sealed but it was optimistic it would be agreed soon.
The Sainsbury’s Local store could create at least 30 jobs.
A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said it was ‘too early’ to release an opening date because discussions were still ongoing with Sheffield Council.
The supermarket already operates 13 stores in Sheffield, including 10 Sainsbury’s Local stores which are within three miles of the city centre.
Opinions about the prospect of a new store were split among The Star’s Facebook friends.
Martin Rotherham Scott was against the proposal.
He wrote: “It’s not a good idea. We already have two in the city centre as it is and we don’t want any more.”
Meanwhile, John H Tro posted: “Is Sainsbury’s taking over the town centre? This will be the fourth shop to open.”
Others, however, suggested the store would bring prosperity to the city centre shopping area.
Mark Roberts posted: “Hold on. I thought anything opening in the city centre would be a good thing – jobs, revenue etc.Make your minds up.”
Will Boyce wrote: “An open shop is better than an empty one.
“I don’t see why people would have a problem with this.”
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