A popular retailer has closed its doors at a North East retail park just before the New Year.

MenKind closed its doors at Teesside Park in Thornaby on December 29 after reportedly holding a closing sale.

This comes after the business announced it was in discussions to relocate its current store at the site to a larger shop. 

The store is located next to USC, which recently closed its doors at the park, and has already relocated once before - previously occupying the unit which now houses Sketchers.

The Northern Echo:

A MenKind spokesperson said: "We are aware of this and are in discussions with Land Sec about relocating MenKind on the retail park.'

This comes after plans for the park, drawn up by owner British Land, revealed Sports Direct were to take over units 8A, 8B, and 9A, which encompasses the former Laura Ashley, USC, MenKind, and former Argos site.

Under the plans, Sports Direct will double in size to 40,000sq ft and feature both a GAME and Evans Cycles, alongside a 20,000sq ft FLANNELS that will open following a comprehensive refurbishment of the existing Sports Direct space.

Elsewhere, further planning applications have been submitted for Unit 11 which is set to house a potential Primark store.

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A proposal to erect a canopy above an existing side door is the latest application to be submitted to Stockton Borough Council (SBC) for Unit 11 at Teesside Park in Thornaby on Christmas Day (December 25).

Primark was granted previous planning permission to extend the former Mothercare unit, ready for a 2024 opening.

Previously, plans for a two-storey extension to the rear with the installation of a mezzanine floor, new shop front, and associated plant and machinery had been approved.