Work to spruce up the rundown frontages of dozens of independent shops in Darnall is set to start at the end of this month.
The £300,000 refurbishment project aims to ‘put the heart back into the area’ and could be used as a blueprint for similar projects, according to Sheffield Council.
In total 47 shops on Main Road or Staniforth Road in a poor state of disrepair will have the makeover in the next six months.
It is hoped the revamp will boost the amount of shoppers using the stores and also attract further investment.
Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said: “Darnall centre has a strong community and excellent transport links but has many shops in poor state of repair.
“This will help the area become more attractive to shoppers and boost the centre’s potential.
“It’s a bigger picture than refurbishing some shop fronts.
“Regenerating shopping centres can put the heart back into a district and make it a place where people want to live and businesses want to invest.”
The project is a pilot and, if successful, could be repeated in other areas with similar problems.
It is being paid for by the Local Growth Fund, which is money given to the council for building new homes or bringing empty ones back into use.
Work will go on through the spring and summer.
Coun Harpham added: “Businesses will remain open at all times and we aim to keep disruption to a minimum.
“We can assure shoppers that it will be worth the wait.”