Share memories of Sheffield department store

Atkinsons'John Atkinson, The Moor, Easter Fayre
Atkinsons'John Atkinson, The Moor, Easter Fayre
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It’s been a firm favourite for generations of Sheffield shoppers.

Its founder first arrived in Sheffield just months after the great flood of 1864 and the place was completely flattened in the Blitz of 1940.

But what are your memories of the city’s longest running independent department store, Atkinsons?

Author Neil Anderson is working with the retailer to chronicle its fascinating history for a book set to be published later this year.

The Atkinsons starts with humble beginnings in 1872 when its first premises were unveiled on The Moor, a quarter of a decade before Queen Victoria arrived to open the shiny new Town Hall in 1897.

As well as providing jobs to thousands of people down the years, Atkinsons has been a part of global events - part of its building helped produce supplies in World War One and the store was completely demolished on the evening of December 12, 1940, in World War Two.

Neil said: “The Atkinsons story has always fascinated me and a book about its history is long overdue. It is a privilege to be asked to undertake such a project.

“The store has served the city for over 140 years is presently looking forward to the next chapter of its story - being a cornerstone of The Moor as ongoing multi-million pound regeneration works prepare it for a new and prosperous future .

“I’m keen to hear from anyone who has memories or memorabilia from Atkinsons down the decades.”

To share your memories call Neil on 0845 603 6421.