Shopping From Home #1

Pinstone Street Sheffield | 29 May 2021

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    1. Thank you.
      The Shopping From Home series is rather a bleak reflection of what is happening in all our town and city centres.
      So far this year I have had cause to visit the city centre in Sheffield on only three occasions. On my most recent visit when these photographs were taken I was really shocked to see just how many shops have closed. Later there is a photograph of a whole run of shops all closed down. This shop is one of them and they are literally right in the centre of the city being located opposite the Town Hall and Peace Gardens.
      Given that I was in the centre on a Saturday on a bank holiday weekend there were very few shoppers around so any shops that are still open will be finding it increasingly difficult to keep their doors open.
      The rate of change and the speed with which shops are closing is alarming and an indicator of how difficult any recovery from the pandemic and online shopping will be.

    1. Thank you so much for your comments.
      Indeed, seeing shop close at such a rapid rate is very sad and alarming.
      City centres were once about shopping but also the things that happen because they were vibrant and busy. The social aspect and events in the city centre. In the absence of shops those things will disappear too. Removing more layers of real world social interaction, which, no matter what corporate powers would have us believe, cannot be replaced with online ‘social’ activity.
      This series is a bit bleak but is a reflection of where we are right now. I hadn’t gone out with the intention of taking photographs of empty shops but was struck when I saw quite how broken the city centre now is.
      It will be interesting to see how you get on with the rest of the series…
      Thanks for taking time to leave your comments. Your thoughts are always appreciated, best wishes, Mr C 🙂

  1. Am I correct in thinking that many of the units on Pinstone Street facing the Peace Gardens will form part of the Radisson Blu hotel? I’m assuming that this is why so many of them are currently unoccupied.

    The number of closed stores on Fargate and High Street is sad, and Chapel Walk has been a shadow of its former self for many years now, but I did hear recently that there are plans afoot to make Fargate into an area focused on bars and dining, which I suppose it’s pedestrianised thoroughfare lends itself to. I’m not sure how accurate this is however.

    There are plans for current and new developments available to view as part of the Heart of the City continuation which looks promising, although the important part will be attracting retail and leisure tenants to the multitude of new units.

    https://heartofsheffield.co.uk/retail.html

    The city centre looks somewhat sorry at present, although the top of the Moor (debenhams aside) now looks pretty smart.

    1. Thank you so much for your comprehensive comments!
      I think you are correct about Pinstone Street and until I read your comments had no idea about the hotel to be housed in that building!
      I also had no idea about other plans in the city centre.
      I think I had wrongly assumed after the John Lewis closure that much of the earlier proposed redevelopment involving them as a key player had been suspended. It sounds like my knowledge of plans for the centre need a bit of upgrading 😀
      It will be interesting to see how things change over the next few years.
      I was sad to see Sheffield Scene close as a result of the impact from the pandemic.
      Let’s hope some of the retail and leisure units go to local small businesses rather than the generic chains that fill every high street in every city…
      Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts and link.
      Best wishes, Mr C 👍📸

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