Turn the lights off

I really want Sheffield to put Leeds and Manchester in their place but after reading the headlines in Friday's Star, I cant really see it happening.

Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 5:51 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 6:56 am

Why has Blacks decided to return to the city after closing down on High Street just a couple of years ago and before that they were just off the Moor?

Surely the great outdoors hasn’t suddenly surged in popularity.

Then we have Ann Summers. That shop also closed on Fargate.

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It’s just the kind of shop to stop and look in. “Why’s that bra got holes in Dad?” Walk briskly on.

Then we have Game, isn’t there a Game store already on Fargate?

Now we have Specsavers, a really good necessary shop for people with dodgy mince pies. I can just see two old dears walking into Ann Summers and asking for an eye test. “Should have gone to Specsavers.”

Then we have another Costa Coffee. Just how many coffee shops do we really need in the town centre, all done out like somebody’s front room?

I suppose they are trying to look like a set from Central Perks in Friends.

I do realise some people love coffee shops but I can’t see them bringing droves of people into the town centre.

Just where are the bespoke tailors, bespoke shoe shops, independent butchers?

Our council should take a walk around Hillsborough to see what a thriving shopping area really looks like.

There isn’t one decent clothing store or shoe shop on the Moor.

I used to buy my shoes from Jones on Pinstone Street when it sold really good shoes but now I can’t get a size 11 shoe to fit.

The shop I recommend to any discerning gentleman who wants proper-sized shoes which are well made and fit like a glove, is Peters on High Street.

I buy all my shoes there, some are a bit pricey but they will last for absolute years.

These stores that are coming to the Moor, I wonder what carrot the council dangled in front of them to come to the Moor?

Because I just cannot see them attracting flocks of shoppers.

The same goes for the Sweat! Union Gym. There’s one on the bottom of Cemetery Road and I’m sure there’s still one half way up that road.

I’m sure many people will agree with me on my views but some won’t but that’s the way it goes. None of these stores will entice me into town, I’m afraid.

When the proposed improvements to Meadowhall happen, you will see tumbleweed blowing and vultures flying around.

As the Specials sang: “This town is getting like a ghost town. Do you remember the good old days before the ghost town”.

So the last one out of town please turn the lights off.

I do hope I’m wrong.

The Green Giant

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