17 June 2022

Find your next retail property in Sheffield

Discover your next retail property to rent in Sheffield

Fiercely proud of its industrial heritage and distinctive friendly northern vibe, today’s Sheffield is a city flowing with creative energy. Following the closure of the famous steelworks in the 1970s, the regeneration schemes of the past three decades have diversified the city’s economy. There is now an array of independent eateries, retail outlets, and award-winning entertainment, just waiting to be discovered in this thriving location. 

As the second-largest city in Yorkshire, Sheffield is part of a cluster of notable northern metropolitan cities, with Manchester to the west, Leeds to the north and Nottingham to the south. It’s also part of the Core Cities Group, a collection of 11 English cities recognised as the most economically important outside of London.  

Sheffield has also been selected as one of 72 locations to share in the Government’s £830 million Future High Streets Fund, aimed at renewing and reshaping town centres to improve experience, drive growth and ensure future sustainability. 

Home to two first-class universities and two football teams – Sheffield United (the world’s oldest football club) and Sheffield Wednesday – the city is also the location of some of the UK’s top sporting venues. These include the Sheffield Arena, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre with its Olympic-sized swimming pool, and the English Institute of Sport, where British Ice Skating’s HQ is based.  

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Retail opportunities in and around Sheffield

From high street to high end, when it comes to shopping, Sheffield – Yorkshire’s premier shopping destination – has it all. 

For high-street shopping, the city centre has Fargate – which thanks to a £300,000 grant is being refreshed with new cafes, shops and a big screen. There is also The Moor, home to well-known retail names including Primark, H&M and Boots. 

Meadowhall, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK, has all the big retailers under one roof. As one of only six out-of-town super-regional centres in the UK, Meadowhall provides 1.5 million sq ft of high-quality retail and leisure space.  

Big brand names include M&S, Apple and Waterstones. With more than 50 places to eat and drink – from Thai food to tacos and bubble tea to burgers – there’s a whole world of flavours to tempt you during your visit. Meadowhall also benefits from 12,000 free car parking spaces, as well as its own public transport interchange for local and regional train, bus and Supertram services. 

Sheffield also buzzes with independent retail outlets. In fact, several areas of the city have grown to become quirky shopping districts in their own right. Devonshire Quarter, Ecclesall Road and Sharrow Vale Road are just a few notable names where you’ll find an enticing mix of shops, bars and restaurants.  

Kelham Island, once the old heart of industry, is now a hub of micro-breweries, bakeries and food halls, and there’s a fast-growing community of new independent businesses in Hillsborough on the edge of town.

Great transport links make Sheffield a fantastic retail location

Sheffield has great road links

Sheffield is linked to the national motorway network via the M1 and M18. The M1 links Sheffield with London to the south and Leeds to the north, while the M18 offers easy routes to Doncaster, Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the Humber ports.  

Sheffield is well connected by train

Sheffield’s main train station is on the south-eastern edge of the centre and offers direct routes to major cities north and south, including London, Leeds, Glasgow, Plymouth and Newcastle. There is also a major station at Meadowhall, along with four smaller suburban stations at Chapeltown, Darnall, Dore & Totley and Woodhouse.  

There are regular bus routes throughout Sheffield

The Arundel Gate Bus Interchange, next to the Crucible Theatre, is the city’s main bus station. From here, you can also catch inter-city services run by operators including Megabus, National Express and Stagecoach. 

Sheffield’s Supertram is a great way to get around

Sheffield has its own tram network, which also serves neighbouring Rotherham. Spanning the city centre and suburbs, you can use it as an alternative to buses or to connect to other destinations, as Stagecoach tickets are valid on all services. 

Nearby airports connect Sheffield to the rest of the world 

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is just a 30-minute car drive from the city, or around an hour via public transport. The international airports of Manchester, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands are all up to an hour-long car journey away.

There are all sorts of things to do in Sheffield

An impressive 61% of Sheffield is green space and around a third of the city is part of the Peak District National Park. This intriguing urban and rural mix means you’ll never be short of things to do or places to explore. 

For art, crafts and history there’s the spectacular Millennium Gallery with its collection of visual art spanning centuries and continents. Visit Sheffield's award-winning Winter Garden where you can sip your coffee surrounded by 2,500 plants from around the world. 

If you love the theatre, the Sheffield Lyceum, Crucible Theatre and Studio Theatre host regular live shows (as well as some of the world’s biggest snooker matches). And if you love music, Sheffield will not disappoint. From international stars who regularly sell out the O2 Academy to a diverse mix of gig locations, there’s something for fans of every genre.  

Check out The Washington – the former haunt of music icons Pulp and The Human League – to watch the latest up-and-coming acts, or head down to The Gardeners’ Rest for some old-school blues and jazz. 

Foodies looking for something delicious on the menu will never be short of options in Sheffield. Enjoy fine dining at the award-winning Rafters, which serves contemporary global cuisine in its stylish first-floor restaurant.  

For cuisine experiences from across the globe visit the Royal Lounge with its Lebanese specialities, sample Moroccan delicacies at Otto’s, taste exquisite Indian flavours at 400°C or succulent Japanese sushi at Koko. 

As a city that’s serious about sport, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of gyms – from affordable chains such as PureGym and The Gym to upmarket options such as Nuffield Health.

Business amenities and hotels in Sheffield

From the grandeur of the Leopold Hotel, situated in the heart of the city centre close to the 12th century Sheffield Cathedral, to the convenient comfort of familiar names such as Best Western and Premier Inn, you’re sure to find something to suit.  

For events or conferences, choose from Sheffield United’s excellent conference and events facilities or Sheffield Hallam’s Conference 21 space. For smaller, more flexible spaces, check out The Chimney House, a renovated industrial building, or the AMP Technology Centre - both with modern facilities and spacious rooms.  

If you’re looking for an office, the city is full of co-working spaces to suit every business. Sheffield Technology Parks is located next to Sheffield train station, making it an easy commute. Union Street, The Balance and Spaces Acero are also located in the central S1 postcode.  

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Notable retail tenants in Sheffield

  • M&S 
  • WH Smith 
  • H&M 
  • Primark 
  • Next 

The future of retail space in Sheffield

Sheffield based property consultants, Commercial Property Partners (CPP), have been experiencing an increasing number of enquires for space in the city centre. The company notes that one of the biggest growth areas is the independent trade sector, with more innovative start-ups, cafes and bars coming into the marketplace.  

With a growing trend of people wanting to live and work near to where they shop and enjoy leisure time, independent occupiers are taking the opportunity to build a vibrant high street experience, providing people with many reasons to visit Sheffield.  

As well as this, Sheffield City Council has successfully secured its bid for £15.8m of funding as part of the Government’s Future High Streets Fund. Funding will focus on reinventing Fargate and High Street as social hubs in the city, with plans to create a new multi-use space ‘Event Central’.  

Redundant spaces will be repurposed and refreshed with climate-resilient greenery, seating areas, and lighting. The bid complements the Council's Connecting Sheffield scheme, which is transforming the city's travel infrastructure with high-quality, convenient walking, cycling and public transport routes into and around the city. This ever-evolving northern city is undoubtedly looking at a bright, burgeoning future.  

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Key retail property agents in Sheffield 

  • SMC Chartered Surveyors & Commercial Property
  • Crosthwaite Commercial 
  • Commercial Property Partners (CPP)
  • Colliers
  • MJB Commercial Property 
  • Knight Frank 

Where to learn more

We have many articles and guides on the retail industry, covering everything from trends and useful information, such as top 7 tips when taking on leisure premises and five things you should know about selecting a restaurant location to sought-after locations. We recommend reading about emerging ESG trendsin retail and key industry trends for 2022 to stay at the forefront of retail.