Parkgate Retail World was developed about thirty years ago on reclaimed land near the River Don that had once been waste land behind the Parkgate Iron and Steel Company. The buildings consisted of big hangar-style units which were let to DIY shops and suchlike. Many of the units have been subdivided into smaller shops and the site has been extended once or twice since it opened. In 2007 it has been re-branded as 'Parkgate Shopping'.
There is a regular bus service from Rotherham Bus Station every ten minutes or so, a free bus service from Rotherham Bus Station every twenty minutes. The free bus service from Rotherham to Parkgate, despite being well-used, was to be scrapped from April 2014 as a money-saving exercise by SYPTE. The owner of Parkate Retail has put up the money and this service has been restored until 2016.
However Retail World is situated just off the very busy route from Rotherham to Parkgate, Rawmarsh and points north. Consequently the traffic is frequently snarled up around here and at busy times such as Christmas and the sales it is utterly horrendous and jams up the roads for miles around. The system of traffic flow inside the retail park has been altered once or twice but does nothing to help the situation. Nor do the drivers who consider that the rules of the road do not apply to them once they get into the car parks - ignoring no entry signs, driving the wrong way down a one-way section and so on. Parking is free, however disabled and parent and child bays are frequently misused. The several zebra crossings inside the development are very necessary but often snarl up the vehicular traffic.
There is now a pedestrian crossing over the main road so the foot-soldiers can get to the bus stop without taking their life in their hands. About time too.
Parkgate Retail World is now in effect the 'High Street' of Rotherham. Here you can find Marks & Spencer, British Home Stores, Asda Living, Currys, Maplins, Matalan, Morrisons, Superdrug, Boots, Next, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, TMaxx, Argos, and many more. As you can see these are BIG names in the shopping world. What you won't find are any small shops that sell thing different and unusual, nor will you find a post office though you could do with one, especially since the main Post Office in Parkgate closed.
I understand that there is a major redevelopment in the offing but so far I have no details.
Address:- Stadium Way, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S60 1TG. Visit the Parkgate Retail World website at www.parkgateshopping.co.uk.
Foundry Retail Park
A bit further along the road towards Rawmarsh is the Foundry Retail Park, recently sold to new owners who want to expand into the spare acreage. Until recently there were quite a few vacant stores but some of these have been taken up. Here you can find free parking and stores eg: B&M Bargains, Wren Kitchens, Benson for Beds, The Range, some sofa place, whilst there is another sofa place over the road. Do people really swap their sofas that often? I've had mine well over thirty years with one re-cover and it's still in pretty good nick.
Just outside Parkgate Shopping on the road into Rotherham are the B&Q depot, a tile warehouse and on the opposite side the new Macdonald (December 2014). Opposite the entrance is the Storyteller, Burger King, a garage and Morrisons petrol station.
There are various retail developments by the road between Parkgate Shopping and Parkgate itself, and there are more to come.