The revival of The Moor was underlined this week, with more retailers expected to follow new anchor tenant TJ Hughes onto the precinct.
Legal details are being tied up for three shops next to the new premises for TJ Hughes, which is due to open in the autumn at the corner of Cumberland Street, and a deal is due to be announced soon for a big fashion store as part of a retail and leisure development below Debenhams.
Meanwhile, the Moor markets are scheduled to open in November. A topping out ceremony was held yesterday (Wednesday).
The activity is in contrast with delays in wrapping up the proposed Sevenstone retail quarter at the other side of Moorhead, which this week prompted Deputy Prime Nick Clegg and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce to express their frustrations. TJ Hughes took temporary premises in the former Peacocks store on The Moor after leaving High Street last year.
Now the company is moving into three two-storey units, opposite Atkinson’s, in the block nearing completion next to the markets, taking 40,000 sq ft.
A spokesperson said the store would stock the full range of homeware, electrical, gardening and fashion items. “We are delighted to be part of the regeneration of The Moor.”
The proposed fashion tenant for higher up the precinct - due to be part of a complex including a multi-screen cinema and restaurants - is bigger, at 80,000 sq ft over three floors.
Behind the revamp of The Moor is Scottish Widows Investment Property Partnership Trust, which is working with the council.
Co-manager Kerri Hunter said demand for units was picking up in line with the investment, which also covers the completion of the repaving of the precinct.
She said the city centre was “punching below its weight” at the moment. “It has got a lot more potential, and we are aiming to help Sheffield realise that potential.
“Sheffield is the fourth largest city in England, but there is no commensurate retail offer, and we are looking to change that and provide the space that retailers are looking for, so Sheffield can compete with other big cities.”