• Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Following the immense success of STACK Newcastle, construction of a second shipping container village on the south side of the river is well under way. Located right on Seaburn’s coastline, STACK Seaburn’s landlords; Danieli Holdings have released the first names of just some of the businesses set to appear at the new £2.5m project.


Big plans were unveiled earlier this year for Sunderland’s very first experiential leisure destination using 87 shipping containers; as part of the wider Sunderland regeneration project and is anticipated to bring 150 jobs to the region. 


Now, Danieli Holdings’ Chief Executive Neill Winch shares the first businesses that’ve come on board as part of what is expected to be Sunderland’s most exciting project to date.  


Acropolis Street Food were one of the first to throw their hat into the ring and apply for a container at the venue.  Serving authentic Greek street food, the business has been trading now for three and a half years, working Jesmond, Tynemouth and Newcastle markets as well as events throughout the region.  Owner Filip Tachan told us why he wanted to be involved in STACK, Seaburn: 

“This sounds like a very exciting project and we are delighted to be one of the first traders to come on board.  This is a new challenge for us, but one we embrace with open-arms. This is a great start to our growth strategy and we hope that there will be many more opportunities in 2020.” 


Sunderland based Woofs n Scruffs doggy day-care centre, were keen to be involved after they saw an opportunity to expand their rapidly growing business, which has already seen success in Sunderland, Durham and Washington with their four franchises.  


Taking ‘doggy day-care’ to another level, the professional dog care providers offer a range of services including dog training, swimming lessons, grooming, dog socialisation clubs and even grooming courses.  


At their new STACK Seaburn site, there will be dog training clubs, dog grooming, a self-service bathing area, raw food and retail, woofs weekly doggy group walks and a day creche, all within their fully kitted out shipping container unit.  


Mark Brown, owner of Woofs n Scruffs expressed their excited for the new venture stating; 

“Seaburn is full of doggy owners and this will be a fun and unique space for dog-walkers and owners alike. You will be able to self-service bath your dog once you come off the beach or even treat them to a groom whilst you enjoy food and drink in STACK. With STACK being pet friendly, it’s the perfect fit.” 

“We are both so excited, we can see the potential and have lots of ideas, we cannot wait. We have had such great feedback already and we will put our heart and soul into this.” 

They added; 

“We are both from Sunderland and it means an awful lot to us, but also our late parents, Anne and Tom, who are sadly not with us, but both loved the seafront!” 

Sharing their excitement is another great fit for the seaside container village, Glen Downey, owner of award-winning Downey’s Fish and Chips, who is looking forward to playing a role in the Seaburn regeneration project.  

He said;  

“Our family has deep Sunderland roots and we would love to be part of helping build and shape our beloved Seafront.” 


The STACK Seaburn restaurant will be their sixth venue in the North East and will serve their award-winning traditional fish and chip menu, including their ever-popular langoustines, king prawns and scampi, along with the good old favourites, cod, haddock, battered sausages, chip butties and more.  

Glen Downey, owner of Downey’s Fish and Chips, expressed his excitement to be a part of the new venture; 

“We are very excited about being a big part of such an amazing development, not just for our home city, but for the whole of the North East and we can’t wait to get started at the STACK Seaburn site.”  


Further names are expected to be announced in the coming weeks as only a few remaining containers are available for lease.  


Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “STACK represents a fantastic opportunity for Sunderland businesses to open exciting new concept shops on the seafront, and the fact that two local businesses have already signed up to take space demonstrates not only the benefit this will bring to the local economy, but the additionality this will bring to the retail and leisure offer in Seaburn.   

“Residents and visitors will enjoy a venue that both surprises and delights them, while local businesses will become part of a more vibrant coastal community that attracts more people and begins to create the destination seaside, we all want to see for the city.  I’m really excited to see STACK open its doors next spring, with Downey’s Fish & Chips and Woof’s & Scruffs among the great businesses that will be part of it.” 

Neill Winch, chief executive of STACK concluded:  

“We want the STACK Seaburn development to become part of the fabric of the community. It is therefore important to us that there is a good representation of traders, who are local to Sunderland, operating businesses from the units. So, we are delighted to have two well-known Sunderland businesses on board right from the start.” 

“We also want to bring excellent quality to the people of Sunderland and Acropolis are well known across the region for their tasty Greek street food. We believe these three traders will be our anchor tenants and will attract customers in their own rights” 


STACK Seaburn is set to open in spring 2020 on Whitburn Road, on the old Seaburn Leisure Centre site.