A North East Poundland has applied for official 'tourist' status after establishing itself as a major retailer in a regional shopping park.

The Poundland in Teesside Park is celebrating its first birthday and is applying for official 'tourist' status.

The 19,000-square-foot store opened in February 2022 and has created 65 jobs for the region.

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It has served nearly a half a million customers since it opened its doors and was even featured in a Channel 5 documentary before Christmas. 

It's not just the store's popularity that has marked it out as a potential tourist attraction.

Travel TikToker @katie_nic_travels featured the store alongside National Trust properties such as Cliffords Tower in York and Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire.

If successful, the store will be eligible for brown tourist signs which are designed to help visitors find attractions and facilities.

An attraction is defined as 'a place for people to visit for pleasure or interest'.

All eyes are now on Poundland to see if it can be officially declared a tourist destination.