Why do shoppers shun Sheffield city centre?

Shoppers on Fargate, Sheffield
Shoppers on Fargate, Sheffield
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Shoppers have revealed why they travel for retail therapy - after a report showed £90m a year was ‘leaking’ out of Sheffield.

Retails fans said they used the internet, or visited Leeds, Manchester and York instead of shopping in Sheffield city centre.

Many travelled to nearby towns, such as Chesterfield or Rotherham, and some said the cost of parking in Sheffield city centre put them off.

Sheffield Council hopes its new retail quarter will claw back the millions lost in spend elsewhere when it finally comes to fruition - in around 2020.

Work to find a developer is set to start after cabinet chiefs approve a report next week.

Jason Vickers said: “I live and work in Sheffield but the last time I shopped here was about three years ago.

“I go to Chesterfield now.

“It’s quicker to get to, easier to park and no potholes.

“Their outdoor market is awesome. Chesterfield centre has a great spirit.”

Jane Hall added: “I go to Leeds, Manchester, York, anywhere with decent shops and a pleasant city centre.

“I’m afraid Sheffield isn’t one of those.”

But other shoppers browsing in the city centre had different views.

Student dentist Olivia Cooper, 24, from Endcliffe, said: “I like to shop outside in the fresh air. There are a lot of unique shops, particularly along Division Street that I prefer to look at rather than the standard High Street shops.

“It’s so nice to be able to take a break in the Peace Gardens, and I enjoy the galleries that surround it too.”

Carer Sammy Holmes, from Dinnington, added: “I prefer the variety of shops here. Meadowhall is just clothes and it costs too much to travel elsewhere.”