FOOD SHACK: Plans unveiled for Teesside’s first street food hall
Thornaby town centre, Image: Teesside Live/Evening Gazette
Efforts to create Teesside’s first food hall hosting a range of vendors under one roof have been unveiled.
Plans for a “Food Shack” inside Thornaby Pavilion have been revealed in a change of use application lodged to Stockton Council.
The former Poundstretcher closed its doors at the shopping centre late last year.
But documents show Pavilion owners LCP want to revive the site by creating a street food venue hosting a number of independent outlets – similar to the Durham Food Pit, at the Riverwalk.
A planning statement in the bid outlined how the concept worked by offering a home for a variety of independent and local vendors selling international cuisine under one roof.
It added: “Customers are able to have a coffee and a light lunch, Thai curry, pizza, Mediterranean inspired gyros wrap or bubble waffles and milkshakes.
“Each specific food type is provided at a kiosk where orders are made and then eaten at the tables within the building.
“There is also a bar.”
If accepted, the application will help open the door for a similar venture in Thornaby.
Food halls have risen in popularity in the past two to three years.
A revamp at Darlington’s indoor market saw six new street food stalls open up last month.
Ian Briggs, regional estate manager at LCP, said the Thornaby venue would feature live music – with hopes to open the “Food Shack” towards the end of October or in early November.
He added: “That depends on contractors and suppliers at the moment – I don’t want to say that’s when it’s going to be, but that’s when we’re planning on.
“We want to get it open as soon as possible.”
Mr Briggs also revealed four pods at the venture had been let – including to a Thai restaurant and a cocktail-mocktail venture – with talks continuing to get the remaining three filled.
Thornaby councillor Luke Frost, who runs a coffee stall in the shopping centre, welcomed the food hall concept.
He added: “It’s going to create jobs first and foremost, but it will also bring a vacant unit back into use in what is the North-east’s best town centre.
“We’re trying to change the make-up of the town centre to offer more of an evening economy.”
Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter
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