it’s about time!
That was the verdict of Sheffield shoppers welcoming plans for a new Ikea furniture and homeware store in the city.
The Swedish retail giant revealed on Wednesday it hopes to build a £60 million store at the former Betafence and Tinsley Wire site on Sheffield Road, Tinsley.
And would-be customers were delighted.
“I think it’s great – we’ve wanted one for ages,” said Firth Park resident and pet shop worker Laura Thwaites, aged 23.
“I usually have to go to Ikea with my aunt because she has a car.
“I’d definitely go if it moved here, and if I end up moving house I’d probably buy lots of stuff from there.”
Pharmacy assistant Rory Dixon, of Stannington, agreed.
The 37-year-old said: “It’s a really good idea because at the moment you’ve got to go to Leeds or Nottingham to shop at Ikea.
“Like everyone else I’m very careful with what I spend at the minute, and Ikea has good prices and good styles.”
Plans for the new 37,000 square metre store are expected to be submitted this summer, following public consultation.
If approved, the development would create around 200 construction jobs and 400 jobs in the store, with another 75 to 100 in associated positions.
Brothers Jonathan and Nick Green, aged 22 and 23, said the employment opportunities were vital.
Supermarket worker Jonathan, of Halfway, said: “If it gives some people jobs it is a good thing – there aren’t many jobs going in Sheffield.
“To be honest I have never been to Ikea so far but I probably would if it was in Sheffield.”
Nick, an unemployed graduate, added: “As far as creating jobs is concerned it is great news. To get 700 new jobs is pretty massive.”
Retired Kathleen Lally, 63, of Nether Edge, said: “I would shop at a Sheffield Ikea. I do go now but it is a bit of a trek to Leeds or Nottingham.
“It should be brilliant for jobs as well – I’m sure a lot of people would go.”
Readers have also been debating the news online.
Marie Ratcliffe, a fan of The Star on Facebook, said: “I’d say bring it on. I’d love an Ikea in Sheffield. I can’t wait and hope it gets passed and built as soon as possible.”
Gemma Hewitt added: “It’s about time they opened one in Sheffield.”