THE owners of popular shipping container complex in Sunderland say its future remains secure for at least five more years as a sister development in Newcastle prepares to close. 

The Danieli Group have said the closure of Stack Newcastle in the city’s Pilgrim Street, announced earlier this week, will have no effect at all on Stack Seaburn, where there are in fact plans to expand.

Stack Seaburn is home to a mix of bars and food outlets, and hosts live entertainment -attracting visitors from throughout the region. 

Read more: Stack Newcastle set to close to make way for HMRC offices

Gemma Dishman, marketing and special projects manager at Danieli Group, said: "The closure of Newcastle Stack has no impact on Seaburn Stack. It’s with a different council. We have a lease here until 2027.

“The difference was that Stack Newcastle was meant to be there for three years and we got an extension on that.

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"We were hoping to stay on there for a lot longer, but the work around it has not allowed that. When we took it on, there were always plans for that site to be developed.

“But at Seaburn Sunderland it is quite different. We have a lot longer there and there are no existing plans for that site at the moment.

"And we are looking to invest further into Seaburn Stack with stage two, which will see the development of the back end of the site - introducing including darts, shuffleboard, and other group gaming activities."

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Seaburn Stack, launched in September 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. It is fully let with units including Acropolis Gyros, Big Fat Indian Kitchen, and Downeys Fish and Chips. It also has a cake shop, dog grooming business and much more.

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A Sunderland City Council spokesperson said: "Stack Seaburn has been a phenomenal addition to the seaside, taking the successful format Danieli Group established in Newcastle, and applying a more family-friendly twist, given its seaside location.

“Newcastle’s venue was always time-limited, given the longer-term plans for that part of the city, but it’s great that they have had the opportunity to prove the concept and go on to deliver a brilliant addition to Sunderland’s leisure scene.”

For more information on Seaburn Stack click here.

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