Meadowhall too inconvenient for the weekly shop
Sainsbury's will close its flagship Meadowhall store in July, as part of a reorganisation of its store portfolio in the Sheffield area. A spokesman for the retailer said that the store did not offer enough accessibility and convenience for customers to do their weekly shop. The two petrol stations at the site will continue to trade and Sainsbury's hopes to open convenience stores at both sites. Staff that wish to stay with the retailer will be found other jobs in the Sheffield area.

Sainsbury's zone managing director Kevin Plant said: 'We have looked closely at our customer needs and although the Meadowhall centre is one of the best fashion retail destinations in the North of England, it doesn't offer the right amount of accessibility and convenience to our customers who purely want to do their weekly food shopping.'

The retailer said it was investing£20 million in a new larger 55,000 sq ft (5,110 sq m) site at the Crystal Peaks Centre Mosborough, which is slated to open in September.

The site replaces a smaller store at Crystal Peaks. Staff from the smaller store will be transferred to the new site.