We still need shoppers - much loved Sheffield store hit by development plans

Alan Capes, Rare and Racy, Devonshire Green
Alan Capes, Rare and Racy, Devonshire Green
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The co-owner of a Sheffield shop hailed by singer Jarvis Cocker as a ‘global treasure’ has urged people to continue shopping there.

Alan Capes spoke out after controversial plans to demolish much-loved second hand bookshop Rare and Racy were approved by Sheffield Council - despite 20,000 objections.

Outraged protestors have pledged to challenge the ‘disgraceful decision’ which will see Devonshire Street lose a row of independent shops to be replaced by apartments, a restaurant and a store.

Mr Capes said: “It’s great people have been so supportive.”

He told The Star developer Primesite will not start work on the scheme until the shop’s lease runs out in two years and possible options were still being weighed up.

Mr Capes said: “Of course if the shop was doing well I could probably carry on elsewhere.”

But he said the shop had a lower rent because the owners had to rebuild the frontage and finding another site could be expensive.

Meanwhile Coda Planning, agent for the developer, came under fire after posting a picture online of its team raising glasses in a pub and speaking of ‘succeeding’ to deliver the scheme despite 20,000 objections.

Coda director Adam Murray said staff were out at a birthday event, no offence was meant and there had been an ‘inappropriate oversight.’

■See letters on pages 14 and 15.