A major food and drink venue which was set to open in time for Christmas has been officially scrapped by the owners of STACK.

The temporary "container village" was set to open in Newcastle City Centre months after the iconic site was closed to make way for HMRC offices.

Located in the Stephenson Quarter, behind Central Station, the pop-up site was set to bring back some familiar names inside the containers, STACK has become famous for.

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But on Wednesday, the Danieli Group, which founded STACK Newcastle and runs STACK Seaburn, confirmed plans had been shelved.

Hexham Courant:

It said that following objections to the pop-up venue, it had decided to withdraw its planning application to instead concentrate on a new development.

The company is now working on the permanent return of STACK Newcastle, which will be located inside the Grade-II listed Worswick Chambers at Pilgrim Street.

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Once open, the venue will be split over three floors and feature eight bars, seven street food units, two cocktail bars which can be used as function rooms and a roof terrace.

Like its other sites, it will also feature a central outdoor plaza area, a big screen and a stage for live performances.

Hexham Courant:

It follows last week's announcement that it would be opening sites in Durham City and Bishop Auckland.

Neill Winch, Chief Executive Officer of the Danieli Group, admitted that while the scrapping of the pop-up STACK was "sad news," it was pushing ahead with other developments.

He said: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

Hexham Courant:

Last week, fans were sent into a frenzy as STACK confirmed it would open inside the former M&S in Silver Street, Durham and Newgate Street in Bishop Auckland.

Following today's announcement, STACK has said those developments remain unaffected.

Mr Winch said: “It is a period of exciting and rapid growth for the company and we look forward to continuing to roll out the STACK brand at sites not just across the North East, but nationwide.”

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