Iceland opens new Tees store

National food retailer Iceland has opened its doors after relocating to larger premises as part of exciting changes.

Iceland is the latest retailer to open in Stockton’s Wellington Square, moving from its previous home in the Castlegate Centre, as part of Stockton Council’s ambitious plans to transform the town.

Iceland takes up the former Lidl unit in a space that is around 2,000 square feet larger than its previous Castlegate home.

Iceland is relocating after the council bought the Castlegate Centre and Swallow Hotel, with bold plans to demolish the site to make way for Stockton Waterfront.

Iceland joins a growing number of retailers who have worked with the council to complete successful moves into Wellington Square such as financial retailer Ramsdens and independent retailers Bluecorn Bakery and Junior Jungle.

Councillor Nigel Cooke, Stockton Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and housing, said: “It’s really exciting to have Iceland, one of the town’s established national retailers, open in Wellington Square in a much larger premises.

“Despite the bold changes that the town centre is undergoing, it remains important for Stockton to have a healthy retail offering at its heart in Wellington Square and the north end of the High Street.

“This move shows the confidence that national retailers have in our plans, combined with the fact that the likes of independent businesses like Katie’s Kards seeing their highest trading figures to date in a new premises shows that our town centre is set for a bright future.”

An outline planning application for the demolition and redevelopment of the Castlegate site was approved earlier in August.

Following completion of the relocation of tenants, work is set to begin on the demolition of the Castlegate Centre and the Swallow Hotel in early 2022.