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Atkinsons Department Store

Atkinsons is a family-owned department store located on The Moor in Sheffield, England. The store has been trading for over 130 years and sells a broad range of merchandise including clothing, furnishings, lighting, gifts, jewellery, toys, cookers and televisions. Facilities include a restaurant and cafe. An extension to the store was completed during 2004.


John Atkinson arrived in Sheffield in 1865, and worked as an assistant at the Sheffield drapery Cole Brothers until he was 26. In 1872 he opened his own drapery in South Street, now known as The Moor, with the store specialising in hosiery, ribbons and lace.[1]

The store started to expand by 1879 purchasing its first neighbouring store, and by 1890 had been transformed from a drapery into a department store. The business was so successful that the original shop units were demolished and replaced by a new building.[1]John Atkinson son's Harold and Walter eventually took over the running of the business from their father, who died in 1929.[1] During the 1930s Atkinsons' had an in-store zoo, which saw a baby crocodile escape and was found dead in the lift shaft.

During the Second World War the store was completely destroyed by the Blitz in 1940. The business however improvised setting up its headquarters in St. Judes Church in Milton Street, and opening departments across the city including a Kiosk outside the railway station and inside the semi-blitzed Central Cinema.[1] The business lost all its ledgers during the blaze, however 80% of its credit accounts had been repaid within 3 months of the bombing.The business continued to be operated like this until 1960 when a new purpose built store opened on The Moor.[1]

The store has undergone £1 million refurbishments in both 1992 and 2000 to compete with the opening of the Meadowhall Centre.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sheffield store full of memories". The Star. November 2013. p. 29. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 

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