SAUSAGE rolls and donut fans could have one more place to stop as Greggs could be moving into a former North East pub.

The former Mile House in Stockton is being renovated into a Starbucks drive-thru which is understood will also feature a number of retail units.

The unsuspecting venue, which was left in a sorry state for a number of years, is just weeks away from reopening as signs for the coffee giant recently went up.

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Pictures taken this week showed the Starbucks side of the development progressing well with some fixtures and fittings already installed.

The Northern Echo: Starbucks will open the new site in coming weeks Picture: SARAH CALDECOTTStarbucks will open the new site in coming weeks Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

However, reports have surfaced which suggest Greggs could be among those moving into the site once works are finished, serving up hot food and drink and snacks.

The expected arrival will come as a surprise as talk over Starbucks moving into the pub has largely dominated the project in recent months.

In a statement last night, Greggs refused to confirm or deny reports but suggested it would be providing an update in good time.

A spokesperson said: “Greggs is always looking into new shop locations, while we are unable to confirm anything at the moment, we will be sure to share any information in due course.”

The pub on Durham Road had been at the heart of a row between the developer and Stockton Borough Council.

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The council previously refused planning permission for the scheme, saying that the plans were an "overdevelopment."

However, developers Cliff Court won an appeal with the inspectorate ordering the council to pay costs to the developer due to delays in the process.

Developer John Taylor previously said the plans for the “well-loved” but “seriously dilapidated” site would create more than 30 jobs with four rapid car charging points installed alongside the other facilities.

He added: “Local residents, I am sure, will all be delighted that this eyesore will be redeveloped whilst retaining some original features of the building.”

An exact opening date for Starbucks has not yet been announced.


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