Furniture superstore eyes up Sheffield site

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SWEDISh furniture superstore Ikea has been eyeing up Sheffield again as a potential site for a new store, The Star can reveal.

The company first considered opening a store in the city more than 10 years ago but the scheme never went ahead.

An IKEA spokesman said today: “IKEA has been identifying sites around the country for potential stores, including the area of Sheffield.

“However, we have nothing to confirm at this point in time.”

It is not known which sites are being considered and a Sheffield Council spokeswoman said no planning application had been received.

Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, said: “They are interested in Sheffield as it’s clearly a big place where they don’t have a store.”

He said Ikea had previously shown an interest in creating a store on land next door to Meadowhall but there would be planning constraints which would have to be waived by the council.

Mr Betts said: “With the Hammerson development in the city centre in limbo at this stage, the council won’t want to do anything to jeopardise that. They won’t want them to say that’s the final nail in the coffin, we’re off.”

It is not the first time the Swedish interiors giant has considered building a store in the city.

Plans for an Ikea in Sheffield were first mooted about 11 years ago, but then the company began investigating a move to a site in Doncaster, off White Rose Way, which did not go ahead.

The plans were briefly resurrected last year, when former council leader Paul Scriven said he had been in talks with the firm to find a suitable site, but no development ever materialised.