The former WH Smith in Bishop Auckland is part of the new site Photo: SARAH CALDECOTT (Picture: SC)
The exact location of STACK Bishop Auckland has been revealed – and it promises to be over two floors of street food, cocktails and live music.
Owners of STACK Seaburn and founder of STACK Newcastle, The Danieli Group, revealed plans on Thursday to open two more locations in County Durham.
One inside the old Marks & Spencer on Silver Street in Durham and another on Newgate Street.
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Promising to invest millions, STACK bosses said they would transform the region, creating hundreds of jobs between them.
And The Northern Echo can now reveal STACK Bishop Auckland will open in Units 9 and 11, opposite Newgate Street Mall.
The former WH Smith in Bishop Auckland is part of the new site (Image: SARAH CALDECOTT)
These units were formerly occupied by a butcher shop, WH Smiths and prior to its demolition, Mothercare.
The new venue will take the form of a new build, with plans for a retractable roof, street food stalls, three bars and a central plaza with a stage for live events.
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A STACK spokesperson said the new site is expected to be open to bettors in early 2024 with around 120 full-time and part-time jobs created.
Reacting to retail expert Graham Soult said: “Well I think that’s obviously good news, it’s always good news when you have a big business that wants to invest in places and improve them and create jobs.
“Which is pretty interesting either way – it’s going to be a version of what people have figured out the STACK is, it’s pretty exciting.
“In Durham, the idea of creating a STACK but in the form of a department store shell is really exciting.”
Danieli Group Managing Director Neill Winch hailed the projects as exciting for the regions.
He said: “Bishop Auckland is a city where we know we can contribute to culture, jobs, businesses, tourism and local communities.
“We are in the business of transforming places and hope to be a catalyst for transformation in County Durham with a combined investment of over £7million.
“We believe STACK will be a tremendous asset in both locations and will also give independent businesses in the region the opportunity to get involved and support both the day and night economy.”
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Partnerships, said: “We are delighted to welcome STACK to both Durham and Bishop Auckland.
“These exciting sites complement our ambitious plans to regenerate the county and attract visitors from all over as we shine the spotlight on all that County Durham has to offer.
“It’s fantastic that both regions have attracted this important investment. With plans set to create hundreds of jobs, this will help boost the local economy.
“Meanwhile, creating these unique spaces that offer residents and visitors a combination of food and leisure will also help revitalize Durham and Bishop Auckland, ensuring they remain attractive to those who live, work and visit the areas.”
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