Store plans could create 400 jobs for Sheffield

IKEA announces plans to build a new store in Sheffield.

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Sheffield Chamber of Commerce welcomes plans for new IKEA store

We very much welcome these proposals. We have always argued that Sheffield’s offering at Meadowhall and in the city centre are different, complimentary, and needed; and will generate regional wealth, jobs and further investment.

As a Chamber we will continue to push hard for the Sevenstone development to begin as soon as possible and assist wherever we can to get the right retail facilities in the city centre. It has taken too long for this to get started.

But we will also support plans, such as those proposed by IKEA and Next, for the Lower Don Valley area of the city. They very much compliment the offering at Meadowhall which is a regional facility and brings shoppers in from much further afield.

What the proposals do indicate is a significant need to boost transport infrastructure in the Lower Don Valley quickly, especially around Junction 34 of the M1. We must ensure that any retail enhancements and the creation of an Enterprise Zone are not constrained by inadequate traffic access.”

– Sheffield Chamber of Commerce