Wednesday March 7th 2018
200 years of shopping and still going strong
Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) has produced a guide to Chapel Walk, showcasing the eclectic mix of independent businesses trading from the historic shopping street to help stimulate footfall and attract investment to the area.
Chapel Walk is a huge part of Sheffield’s shopping heritage that can be traced back as far as the middle ages, when the street was built on the remains on ancient Sheffield footways. It became a must-visit shopping destination in the 1800s, and by the 1960s and 70s became renowned for its quirky mix of fashion, food, music and more.
Today, Chapel Walk is home to an exciting array of businesses. Take a wander down the street and you will find: Bird’s Yard, an Aladdin’s cave of the weird, wonderful and fabulous; Sheffield bakers Staniforths; Cards & Gifts, which has the largest collection of Me to You teddies for miles around, and art space 35 Chapel Walk.
Joining Sheffield independents on Chapel Walk is classic shoe brand Dr Martens and big high street names Marks and Spencer, Claire’s, Superdrug and Paperchase. If discovering some fantastic businesses leaves you a bit peckish, Feast and Andrews Café Tea Rooms are open for lunch, afternoon tea and other refreshments.
By showcasing the businesses of Chapel Walk in the guide, the BID hopes to drive footfall to the street, which is currently lined with scaffolding as building work to transform the buildings above Chapel Walk into luxury accommodation for post-graduate students takes place. By advertising units available to rent Sheffield BID hopes to drive investment to Chapel Walk.
Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager, said: “People have been shopping on Chapel Walk for 200 years and by showcasing the street’s eclectic mix of independent businesses and national chains we hope to attract both shoppers and new businesses to Chapel Walk.
“Sheffield BID has supported the businesses of Chapel Walk throughout building work and we are looking forward to seeing the street thrive when a new generation of shoppers moves into the new flats above.”
The Chapel Walk shopping guide will be available to pick up on Chapel Walk and at the Winter Garden, or it can be viewed online.Share this article