Starbucks is used to opening up plenty of coffee shops across the country – but one of its newest additions has rejuvenated the building that once housed a lively North East pub.

The popular coffee chain, which already has numerous outlets dotted across the region, welcomed its first customers on Friday (June 24) as it opened its doors at the former Mile House Pub in Stockton.

Following a huge makeover to the once bouncing boozer, the new branch on Durham Road includes EV charging points, a drive-thru and a stylish new seating area.  

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Work to overhaul the boarded-up pub was finally given the green light at the end of last year after Cliff Court Developments had their planning appeal for the £2.4m revamp upheld by the Planning Inspectorate.

However, the new Starbucks has even included a nod to the old pub heritage after calling the new outlet Starbuck Milehouse.

The Northern Echo: The former Mile House pub has sat empty. Picture: NORTHERN ECHOThe former Mile House pub has sat empty. Picture: NORTHERN ECHO

It comes after a four-year planning ‘war’ between developers Cliff Court and Stockton Council, which saw the site degenerate into a real eyesore.

The business franchise will be licensed by 23.5 degrees and has created 20 jobs for the area.

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A spokesperson for Starbucks said: "We look forward to welcoming the local community into our new store," they added.

23.5 Degrees said the Mile House, which is the company's second Starbucks store in Stockton, has been transformed into a "beautiful store whilst staying sympathetic to the structure and history of the building".

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