Calling all artists! Fred Aldous comes to Fitzalan Square
Since 2018, the Fitzalan Square area of our city has quietly been undergoing some big changes. Sheffield is reinventing itself. The major improvements to Fitzalan Square have been part of a £5.5m overhaul to the city centre. The changes, known as the ‘Knowledge Gateway Project’ runs from the Cultural Industries Quarter of Sheffield Hallam, all the way through to Fitzalan Square.
This includes our Bell House development which is located on Fitzalan Square. Once The Bell Hotel and Pub, we gave an old derelict building a new and vibrant lease of life as luxury student homes.
As these changes take place, new and exciting businesses see opportunities in the Fitzalan Square area and want to be part of this dynamic and vibrant rejuvenation. A company that will fit right into the fabric of the cultural and arts area in Sheffield that you can expect to see (in the very near future) is Fred Aldous!
Fred Aldous, as every art student at Sheffield Hallam will know, is a great addition to Fitzalan Square, selling art and craft supplies, including paint, yarn, paper, film cameras, clay and jewellery-making tools. You can also expect books, homewares and gifts.
This is a great addition for any Art students living in our Bell House development. The Fred Aldous shop will be located directly below our three and four bedroom apartments. Bell House was popular before the redevelopment, but this area now has everything a budding artist could ask for.
Fred Aldous is a proper family business and was established in the 1880s in Manchester, where you will find it’s flagship store in the Northern Quarter. Fred Aldous then later branched out to Leeds, and now Sheffield.
Director Mark Aldous (the founder of the company ‘Fred’ was Mark’s great-great-grandfather!) said of the move to Sheffield "We know from word of mouth that there's a need in Sheffield. There's a lot of creatives, and the universities and everything else – that's why we took the opportunity when that unit came up."
Something you may not know is that the move to Sheffield almost didn’t happen, at least not to Fitzalan Square.
"We went to look at another unit up on West Bar underneath some student accommodation that had been on my radar," says Mark. "Then we spotted Fitzalan Square when we were walking back to the train."
Sheffield, especially Fitzalan Square welcomes Fred Aldous to the local area. Here’s to helping this creative and dynamic area of the city become even more resourceful.