Debenhams Sheffield: A look back at much-missed store and predecessor Pauldens
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The department store that closed in May 2021 and may be demolished to make way for even more city centre flats has a long retailing history.
A Pauldens department store on the site opened in 1965. That continued until 1973 when Debenhams took over.
Part of a Manchester-based business, Pauldens boasted a cafe and a restaurant, a food hall and a record bar as well as all the usual shop departments.
These were stores where you could buy anything from a bobbin of thread to a new TV.
Pauldens was one of several well-known Sheffield department stores, including Banners in Attercliffe, John Lewis/Cole Brothers, Walsh’s, Cockaynes, Schofields, the two city centre Co-op stores and Roberts Brothers.
Now only Atkinson’s remains in the city centre at the bottom of The Moor, continuing as a family-run store for 150 years.