This is the derelict industrial site opposite the Mercedes and Porsche Garages on Sheffield Road where IKEA is planning to build its new store.
If given the go ahead, the new IKEA shop in Sheffield would be the largest in the north of England. Plans have been submitted to create a 37,000 sq m store. The company says it will work with local employment agencies to ensure that local people benefit from the jobs created.
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.
– Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
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.”
Up to 400 jobs could be created in Sheffield if plans for a new IKEA store are given the go ahead. The store is preparing a planning application to convert a derelict industrial site on Sheffield Road. IKEA will also consult with the local community about the plans.