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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 146 years and sells an extensive range of merchandise including fashion, furniture, lighting, gifts, cosmetics & fragrance, beds, domestic appliances and cookshop. Facilities include three distinct eateries and a car park located above the store, accessible via Charter Row.


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 had significant investment in 2017 to continue to provide a modern retail and leisure experience for customers, including the introduction of new leading brands in everything for the customer and their home.


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

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