Good news for music fans (but don’t hold your breath)
There were rumours last summer that the much-lamented music shop Fopp was to return to Sheffield. Speculation was rife that one of the new retail units in the old Yates’s bar building on Division street might be the record shop’s new home.
Six months down the line, there is still no sign of Fopp in town. G-star clothing has taken one of the Yates’s units and the other seems to be the temporary home to a clothes shop.
I decided to get in touch with Fopp and ask them what was happening. The news is good, although don’t hold your breath for an imminent return just yet. This is what they said:
We are keen to bring Fopp back to Sheffield if we can, and to this end were actively looking at a site that we considered suitable some months ago. Unfortunately we were unable to agree terms and to pursue our interest at the time. However, we trust that further opportunities will present themselves in future.
They were happy for me to share this here but wanted to stress that they had no immediate alternative options at the present time – although they expected this to change in due course.
Buying records from shops may not be the future, but with only two record stores left in a city with such a strong musical heritage, I still think that Fopp would be a success for at least a few years.
I’ve asked Fopp to let me know of any more news regarding the return of a Sheffield branch and if they get back in touch I’ll post any updates here.
In the meantime, they will probably read this post so feel free to comment below to show your support for Fopp returning to the city.