Wickes is set to open at St Andrews Park near Durham

Earlier this year, proposals that the main street called Wickes would move to St Andrew’s Park in Durham were spotted on Durham County Council’s planning portal.

Although the company remained cautious about the prospect of moving to the shopping park, suggestions for further development of the store were noted on the city council’s planning portal.

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The brand has already applied for signage for the store – confirming it would be a Wickes store and submitted an application to move into the building.

Plans submitted to Durham County Council show that signage will be added to the front and side of the store, which was not previously known as Wickes.

The Wickes branding is clearly visible in the detailed drawings on the planning portal – evidence that the brand will be moving to the Dragonville location.

The Northern Echo: The Wickes signage on the planning portalThe Wickes signage on the planning portal (Image: DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL)

This application follows general approval previously granted in February 2019 for the construction of a retail unit with parking and landscaping.

Wickes is expected to move into the unit next to McDonald’s, which is currently undergoing construction work.

The company itself has not yet confirmed a date for the opening of the new store, but The Northern Echo has contacted them for comment.

St Andrews Park is close to Dragonville Retail Park, which is home to many well-known brands including Lidl, Aldi, Home Bargains, Tesco and TK Maxx.

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This will be the seventh Wickes location in the North East, joining its branches already in Darlington, Stockton, Sunderland, Wallsend, South Shields and Newcastle.

Construction is expected to begin soon and the site is currently taking shape.

Meanwhile, the retailer has also confirmed it will be relocating to Fieldon Bridge Retail Park in Bishop Auckland, which is expected to be completed in early 2024.


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