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Owners of an international food supermarket in Sheffield are looking to add a bigger store in the same neighbourhood.

Already Ozmen International Foods have a store in London Road – and now they are seeking council permission to redevelop a nearby factory at the corner of Hill Street and John Street so they can also open a larger supermarket.

The company specialises in foods from around the world and its ambitions for the Freedom Works site include an extensive range with a bakery, meat and fish counter, fruit and veg and frozen food sections.

The proposed development – opposite the Go Outdoors store and with a floor area of 2,450 sq metres – is in an area popular with students and ethnic groups.

Sheffield-based architects Space Studio are telling the council: “Our clients run a successful small to medium-sized food retail business within the local neighbourhood and see an opportunity to expand the business.

“They have requested their project should set a benchmark for entrepreneurial spirit in the area and have driven the process to find a solution that is affordable to them, yet architecturally interesting and brings new life back to this part derelict site.”

The application is for partial demolition and alterations to the Melco Products factory, which was founded in 1921 by Thomas Meldrum, and makes hand tools and garden equipment.

A spokesman said: “Our site is up for sale and we are looking to modernise and relocate. People are interested in the site for redevelopment.”

Space Studio say a number of potential alternative locations were considered for a new Ozmen supermarket, including next to Aldi in Boston Street and the former Peugeot dealership in Ecclesall Road, but Freedom Works is close to London Road and has the space for a car park. Seventeen spaces are envisaged.

“Our intention is to work with the existing building, which is part of Sheffield’s history, and to design a store which is in keeping with the area and one that makes only minor modifications to the existing building.”