Former Durham M&S store to be transformed into leisure hub

12th April 2023 | Phoebe Dobke

Plans have been approved to transform the former Marks & Spencer in Durham into a STACK leisure development.

The mixed-use site will include space for live music, three food outlets, two bars as well as a central seating plaza and a roof-top terrace.

The scheme will also include a games roof with activities such as shuffleboard and darts and is expected to create 176 new jobs once completed.

Last year, leisure company Danieli Group unveiled its ambition to establish two STACK sites in County Durham. The first of which, STACK Bishop Auckland, was approved by the Durham Area Planning Committee in March.

Neill Winch, chief executive of Danieli Group, said the sites would provide a “huge boost for the local economy”.

“STACK venues are successful in attracting both residents and visitors to not only the offering at STACK but to the wider area.

“Our experience has shown that, wherever a STACK is created, existing businesses in the immediate area also benefit hugely and we have no reason to believe this won’t be the case in Durham,” he added.

“STACK Durham will be a focal point and an attraction offering a wide mix of street food and a variety of live entertainment for people of all ages, contributing positively to the city’s overall viability and vitality.”


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