A FORMER department store which has been left empty for the past two years is being auctioned off for the equivalent of two family homes.

The former Marks & Spencer store on Stockton High Street is expected to go under the hammer with a guide price of £300,000.

The average home in Stockton went on the market for around £168,000 last year, according to Zoopla.

The department store has remained empty ever since Marks & Spencer pulled out of the town, after several decades of service, in 2018.

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It had previously been a staple of Stockton High Street with three floors of clothing, food, homeware and a cafe, present in the town since the 1930s.

But going under the hammer, the former store is expected to be sold via a live-streamed auction next month.

Peter Mayo of Acuitus - who is holding the auction - said: “This a substantial property on the High Street and its sale opens up the potential for a new retail use or – subject to planning consent – its conversion to a new use.”

  • The auction takes place on July 9 at 2pm