A big-name brand has set out plans to move into the former home of an administration-hit shop.

Earlier this week, proposals were submitted to Stockton Council for a new shop front at the former Joules store, which is located at 71 Yarm High Street.

Despite the Joules store closing in February of this year, after the firm went into administration and stores across the UK also shut down, plans for a reinvention of the unit have been made. 

Planning documents on the Stockton Council site have shown that Card Factory intends to take over the site, with the branding of the retailer shown on the detailed plans section of the application.

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Card Factory, which also has branches in Stockton, Thornaby, Middlesbrough, Billingham,  Hartlepool, Durham, Bishop Auckland, and Newton Aycliffe, among others, sells stationary, gifts - and, as the name suggests, cards.

Joules in Yarm closed in February this year after the firm drafted in administrators in November 2022. 

What is proposed?

  • Removing a step to the entrance and widening of the door for better accessibility. The scheme is said to have been designed to be "sympathetic to the building and those that surround it."
  • The timber shop front is set to be replaced using the same materials and will be finished in the same style - with a grey semi-matt paint listed in planning documents.
  • A traditional-style LED light would be added for the width of the lettering
  • A hanging Card Factory sign, and an existing bracket, which would be painted blue with yellow letters.