BUILDING work on a derelict County Durham site that will create outlets for Starbucks, Dominos and Greggs is taking shape after it was announced that developers hope to complete the project by the end of the year.

The £2.6m development, which will be created just off Agnes Street in Stanley, was granted planning permission in July 2020 after Durham County Council deemed it more appropriate than the empty land that some people park their cars on.

Now, almost two years after it was granted planning permission, suggestions that the three outlets would be ready in time for the end of 2022 – which will see a drive-thru Starbucks and two full Dominos and Greggs sites.

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The outlets are expected to create 65 jobs, with 14 full-time positions and 51 part-time roles.

Alongside the job creation and the new outlets, 39 car park spaces will also be provided.

As part of the continued development of the site, a new photo of how the site will look once complete has been revealed.

The Northern Echo: This is how the site looked before the development on the site. Picture: DPP PLANNINGThis is how the site looked before the development on the site. Picture: DPP PLANNING

Once Starbucks, Dominos and Greggs open in Stanley, they will become the latest big-name brands to open in the town, with McDonald’s, Home Bargains and Aldi all opening stores in recent years.

Despite the ongoing progress of the site, the arrival of the three food giants has divided opinion in Stanley, with some believing it’s a great idea for the derelict land, while others feel it doesn’t promote healthy eating.

Taking to social media, one resident from the town welcomed the site by saying: “Fantastic news! Better than the eyesore it currently is. I don't think it will cause traffic chaos and food shops or not, I'd rather see some investment in Stanley than none.”

However, another thought it was a bad idea, adding: “Is this a town where everyone just eats junk drinks coffee and has their nails done?”

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