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  • Major cleaning and regeneration needed to attract more top quality shops
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      22.05.2002 17:50
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      • "Major cleaning and regeneration needed to attract more top quality shops"

      First things first, I'd like to state that I love living in Sheffield and it's a great place to live and work. Generally improving all the time, Sheffield is definitely on the up ... overall. However (and it's a BIG however...) when it comes to The Moor (which, contrary to DooYoo's rather odd description as a "Sports Shop" is actually one of the main shopping streets in the city centre!) Sheffield is in DESPERATE need of regeneration. Here's why: As a shopping experience, The Moor is quite simply below par, especially for somewhere as large as Sheffield. With the exception of Debenhams, Sainsbury's Central and the (family-run) Aktinson's department store, there is very little on offer (to be fair, the large Woolworths and BHS stores are *adequate* too, but both could do with a major refit or better still brand new versions (such as those in near-by Chesterfield on Vicar Lane) The rest of The Moor's shops fall neatly into three categories : 1) Sports shops (at least 3, probably more) 2) "Remainder" Book Shops (again, too many of them) 3) Pound Shops (far too many to count...) At least there are no mobile phone shops I suppose ... they are all camped out further up the hill on "Fargate". So, from a personal point of view, I continue to be disappointed with what the Moor has to offer, which is a great shame. When the new (excellent) Sainsburys Central store opened a couple of years ago, I [wrongly] assumed that this would be the beginning of a new shopping experience in the area, but sadly this failed to materialise. The good points about The Moor? Well, of course there are some positives which should be mentioned. For starters, the entire area is a fully pedestrianised zone, which is good for families and children accessing the shops. Also, the market is usually good and there are some genuine bargains to be had. Finally, one specialist
      shop in particular deserves a mention - "CD Zone" is basically just a run-of-the-mill music and DVD shop, but it is definitely worth checking out as the prices are excellent and better than any other on the typical "high street". "Our Price" take note! Overall though, even after taking into account the good aspects about The Moor, I have to remain critical. My only hope is that this particular section of the city centre forms a key part of the plans for the regeneration of Sheffield as a shopping experience over the coming years. The proposed new "Shopping Quarter" will be excellent, but The Moor must not be neglected any more than it has been already in my opinion.

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