Sainsbury’s eyes student market

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SAINSBURY’S is looking to open one of its neighbourhood stores on the doorstep of the University of Sheffield.

The supermarket chain is asking the council for a licence for the former HSBC branch near the University tram stop, at the corner of Upper Hanover Street and Hounsfield Road.

The application envisages 24-hour opening, with alcohol being sold between 6am and midnight.

It is the latest move by Sainsbury’s to step up business in and around Sheffield city centre.

One of its proposed locations is the former Yates Wine Lodge at the corner of Division Street and Carver Street.

Meanwhile, Green councillors have expressed concern about the range of businesses submitting applications to sell alcohol in the city centre.

Among the latest is Staples Office Supplies in Eyre Street, near Moorfoot.

Central ward Green councillor Jillian Creasy said: “We appreciate that businesses are struggling in an economic downturn but alcohol-related illness and crime is an increasing problem.

“The council and police have enough on their plate working with pubs and clubs, off licences and numerous city centre supermarket chains selling alcohol.”