Star Opinion: Meadowhall and city centre can co-exist

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Such has been the success of Meadowhall that it is very easy to forget the hard work that goes on to make it such a popular destination for millions of people every year.

Usually the narrative when discussing the centre is about how it drains business away from Sheffield city centre.

It would be hard to argue that it isn’t a major competitor to city and town centres in our area but the onus is also on them to make themselves attractive for visitors too.

News that Meadowhall is to get a £50 million revamp to mark its 25th anniversary - work will start in the autumn and should be completed by 2017 - shouldn’t be seen as making it harder for our centres to survive.

What it should do is encourage even more creative thinking of how we can have a thriving out of town shopping centre such as Meadowhall and develop something equally as compelling at the heart of Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley.

Love it or hate it - and people do in equal measure - Meadowhall employs thousands of people and brings millions of pounds into the local economy.

The revamp will hopefully improve an already successful business model.