Meadowhall first opened for business two decades ago on 4 September 1990
It is two decades since
was built, one of the new wave of out-of-town shopping centres which were springing up across the country in the 1980s and 1990s.
But how many of the people who visit or drive past now can remember what was there before?
Some of them may be younger than the centre itself and will never have known a world without Meadowhall.
In those pre-Meadowhall days, the area where it now stands was once home to steelworks.
Dunford Hadfields, Shardlows and Arthur Lees used to occupy the site but the land had become derelict before the Meadowhall plan came into being.
Meadowhall was built on the derelict site next to Tinsley Towers which have since been demolished
The idea to build a shopping centre there was the brainchild of two Yorkshire businessmen, Eddie Healey and Paul Sykes, who later sold it to
Their idea had raised some concerns, not least amongst retailers in Sheffield city centre and in Rotherham.
Les Sturch is the Director of Development at Sheffield City Council
Sheffield City Council
and he believes that, at the time, it was not a question of whether a new out of town centre would be built, but where:
"Going back 20 years both Sheffield and Rotherham town centres were in some trouble already and all around the UK a number of these big shopping centres were being proposed.
"Rotherham had already decided to go for something big out at Parkgate so Sheffield was going to suffer one way or the other from some trade going to a new centre - the question was where would that be."
This picture of building work at Meadowhall in 1989 was taken by Mick Carver
The Meadowhall plan had attractions for those making the planning decisions.
The promises of a distinctive venue on a large derelict site and of 10,000 jobs for the local area could not be ignored.
Permission was given and the site was cleared in 1987. Construction work began a year later.
It opened on 4 September 1990.
Mick Osborne is the security manager at Meadowhall and was there from the very first day.
The centre has been a big part of his life, not just because he has spent 20 years working there:
"I met my wife, Dawn, here and proposed to her at the staff Christmas party.
"And my 18 year old daughter has been coming here all her life."
People queued and then ran to be the first through the doors on opening day
Mick is responsible for keeping safe the 25 million people who visit Meadowhall every year. So how does he manage it?:
"We've got a very professional team and an excellent partnership with the police and our retailers.
"We use the latest technology, CCTV and other systems, to deal with any problems very quickly and with the minimum of fuss ."
Although the promise was 10,000 jobs, in reality, that has peaked at about 7,000 people, many of them part-time.
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