Popular Leeds venue Sheaf Street has closed permanently with immediate effect

Such sad news.

Sheaf Street has announced its sad closure, stating the business is no longer sustainable and unable to recover.

Established in 2017, Sheaf Street is an independent family-run business that set out to host a range of events in a comfortable space for the people of Leeds.

And they did exactly that.

A true hidden gem in the Southbank area of the city, the venue has hosted a plethora of events over the years – from late night club nights to live music events, it was the perfect place to dance, drink and relax.

Sadly, Sheaf Street is now closing with immediate effect as owners issue a statement reading that the business is no longer sustainable and unable to recover.

The statement reads: “Sheaf St. will be closing permanently with immediate effect. This is a truly devastating statement we genuinely hoped we’d never have to write, but it’s the end of the line for Sheaf St.

“Back in May, we discussed the choice of ‘shut down or double down’. We chose to go all in, doubling down on our events in a last-ditch attempt to make things work with a bumper Quarter 4. The team curated a series of events we are truly proud of, but sadly, the world is not on our side right now.

A party inside Sheaf Street in Leeds.
Image: Sheaf Street

“The Aire Park development, which completely surrounds us, has had a devastating impact on our trade. The cafe has been forced to close since January this year, losing a vital stream of regular income with no compensation for the disruption.

“Our industry is facing a real crisis post-pandemic, with low attendance, rising costs, increasing fees, significantly reduced spend per head, and skyrocketing utilities and stock costs, all on top of trying to recoup huge pandemic losses.”

The venue are calling on its visitors to share their “tales of the dancefloor” at Sheaf Street, in an effort to influence someone who will the economic benefit that the iconic venue had on the city, in a hope to support another venue in the future.

Their statement finished with: “And a huge thank you to all our customers: the after-work drinkers, daytime diners, brunch enthusiasts, and late-night dancers. We will miss you all. We may have orchestrated the space, but it’s YOU that made Sheaf St what it is.

“We’ll fondly remember the good times – so many really, really good times.”

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Featured image – Sheaf Street

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