Danieli Group, which runs Stack Seaburn in Sunderland and founded Stack Newcastle (now closed), has submitted plans to convert the former Marks & Spencer store at Silver Street, Durham, into a Stack.

The group is to invest more than £7m to bring Stack to Durham. It has also unveiled a project at Newgate Street in Bishop Auckland after being appointed a development partner by Durham County Council.

The group intends for both sites to be transformed into mixed use leisure venues, with Stack Durham to feature seven street food outlets, five bars, a coffee shop, stage, communal seating and a rooftop terrace.

The plan also includes a games room for competitive socialising, which will offer a range of interactive gaming experiences such as shuffleboard and darts, using the latest technology.

Stack Bishop Auckland will be a new build over two floors with a retractable roof and will offer theopportunity for a number of street food traders to take up residence alongside three bars which surround a central plaza area with a stage for live music and entertainment.

The group hopes that Stack Durham will open in winter 2023, with Stack Bishop Auckland due to launch in early 2024.

“Durham is a city with an international reputation for its tourist attractions and history and is home toone of the top universities in the country, bringing in students from around the world,” says Neill Winch, CEO at Danieli Group.

“Also, Bishop Auckland is a town where we know we can contribute to local culture, jobs, enterprise, tourism and communities.

“We are in the business of transforming places, and we hope to be a catalyst for transformation inCounty Durham with a combined investment of more than £7m.

“We believe STACK will be a huge asset in both locations and will also give independent businesses in the area the opportunity to be involved as well as supporting both the day time and night time economy.”

Stack Seaburn opened in 2020 and its current food operators include Big Fat Indian Kitchen, Acropolis, Bao Down, Boojie Burger, Chapos Tacos, and Downey’s Fish & Chips.

Stack in Newcastle closed in May this year. However, the group has applied to Newcastle City Council for permission to take on a site in the Stephenson Quarter of the city for a temporary venue.

Danieli Group is also opening a Stack in Lincoln in a former Argos store.