Sheffield rival opposes new Ikea store plan

The planned new Ikea store.
The planned new Ikea store.

More than 100 letters of support have been submitted backing plans to build an Ikea store in Sheffield.

But department store John Lewis is leading opposition amid fears it could damage city centre trade.

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has applied to Sheffield Council for permission to build a £60 million, 37,000 sq feet store off Sheffield Road, Tinsley, next to Meadowhall Retail Park.

However, John Lewis fears it could have a ‘significant adverse impact’ on the city centre.

Objecting on behalf of the department store, Caroline Keane, of CBRE, said: “The proposed Ikea store will compete with the city centre and draw trade directly from the city centre’s anchor stores, such as John Lewis, Debenhams and BHS.”

A John Lewis spokesman said: “Our focus remains working with the council on the viability and vitality of the city centre.”

However, most comments have been supportive of Ikea.

Dr Martin Diacon, of Whitfield Road, Fulwood, said: “To show the country Sheffield is a first-rate city, we need to show the city is open for business. This includes encouraging established and respected chains to open branches in our city.

“The store will bring many much-needed jobs to our city - these too can’t be turned down.”

Lucy Pearson, of Abbey View Drive, Norton Lees, said: “The store would bring revenue as well as jobs.”

Les Sturch, council director of regeneration and development services, said: “We are working with Ikea on its application to examine all the implications, benefits, and any impacts, alongside the public consultation period, prior to making a decision.”