The first three traders have been unveiled for a new shipping container development in Sunderland.

Acropolis Street Food, Downey's Fish and Chips and Woofs n Scruffs are going to be opening at STACK Seaburn.

Danieli Holdings, the firm behind Newcastle Stack, unveiled £2.5 million proposals to replicate the success of the shopping, drinking and dining experience on Seaburn seafront.

Acropolis Street Food, which serves up authentic Greek food, will open its latest North East outlet at the development.

The business already operating in Jesmond, Tynemouth and Newcastle, with a stall opening at Grainger Market earlier this year.

Owner Filip Tachan said: "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.”

Doggy day-care centre Woofs n Scruffs will also be expanding its franchise when it opens at the development.

The company already offers a range of services that includes dog training, swimming lessons, grooming and dog socialisation clubs in Sunderland, Durham and Washington.

Owner Mark Brown said: "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.

Filip Tachan, Acropolis Street Food, Glen Downey, Downey’s Fish and Chips, Councillor Graeme Miller, Danieli Holdings Neill Winch, Mark Brown and staff from Woofs n Scruffs.
Filip Tachan, Acropolis Street Food, Glen Downey, Downey’s Fish and Chips, Councillor Graeme Miller, Danieli Holdings Neill Winch, Mark Brown and staff from Woofs n Scruffs.

"With STACK being pet friendly, it’s the perfect fit.”

Glen Downey, owner of award-winning Downey’s Fish and Chips, is looking forward to playing a role in the Seaburn regeneration project.

He said: “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.”

Serving up traditional fish and chips, king prawns, scampi and other popular seafood dishes, it will be the company's sixth North East restaurant.

Neill Winch, chief executive of STACK, said: “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.

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"We believe these three traders will be our anchor tenants and will attract customers in their own rights."

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 and Chips and Woofs n Scruffs among the great businesses that will be part of it.”