The cafes, shops and large chains that move during D-Day are inches closer to Castlegate

Stockton’s Castlegate shopping center was destroyed the following year after nearly 50 years in town.

It’s part of Stockton Council’s ambitious plans to revitalize the town center, opening up the area between the high street and the river.

Shops and businesses, some of which have been trading for decades, have begun to move – with many moving to nearby Wellington Square.

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We’ve included some of the entrepreneurs who have already confirmed their future plans, with more expected to do so in the coming weeks and months.

The Castlegate shopping center is set to go next year

Going …


Plans have been filed with Stockton Council for Barclays to move from the Castlegate center home to a new town base, which will take two units in Wellington Square.

The bank has not yet confirmed the details of the transfer.

One of the units is currently occupied by Direct Beds – but the family -run firm of 25 years says “business as usual” for now.

Harry Meynell

The family -run butcher has run the town for nearly a century, originally trading from The Shambles.

It was one of the first businesses to move to Castlegate in the 1970s – now it’s moving again.

The family said they would be moving after Christmas, which has spread “rumors” that they have decided not to take up new places in the town center.

They are already preparing for the shop’s “last Christmas at Castlegate” – before moving to Wellington Square in early February.

Gone …


The popular budget store was one of the first retailers to announce it was leaving the Castlegate center after Stockton Council announced revitalization plans.

It opened a larger store in the former New Look on Stockton High Street last year.


Wellington Square welcomed the frozen food retailer earlier this month, when it moved to a larger venue in the former Lidl unit, which became Energie Gym.

It has 2,000 extra feet and sells ‘new and exclusive’ ranges from brands including TGI Friday, Piccolino and Ed’s Diner.


The second -hand entertainment store closed in Castlegate and opened a ‘new and improved’ branch – again in Wellington Square – this week.

The chain has been in place for eight years.

Junior Jungle

The independent children’s store moved to Wellington Square over the summer.

The owners said: “Junior Jungle has moved to Wellington Square, that’s 526 steps away or 594 baby growing!”

Katie’s Cards & Balloons

The card, party and balloon specialist sells gifts, party packages, also moved to Wellington Square earlier this year.

The owners confirmed that “they just collected the keys” for a Christmas 2021 unit – across from River Island in the shopping area.


The independent tech store has moved from Silver Street, to join the growing number of new businesses moving to Wellington Square.

The move has been good, with owner Brian Holmes announcing expansion and new job opportunities in the business earlier this year.


Finance retailer Ramsdens opened in Castlegate in 2017, moving to Wellington in March of this year.

Business owner Lynne Kinnersley (left) is pictured with some of her staff

Blue Corn Bakery

The 20-year-old bakery has expanded, opening its first cafe in conjunction with the move from Castlegate to Wellington Square.

John and Lynne Kinnersley decided the move provided the perfect opportunity to expand – and now there is almost three times as much space.

They reported successful sales numbers following the move.

Gone for good …

While many retailers are still deciding on their next move, a number of retailers have said they will not be moving to new downtown areas.

Fulton Foods said the Stockton store will close nicely – but will still sell products inside the high street store Poundland, which owns the chain.

Wilko won’t move when it closes in February, while family-owned jewelry NM Taylor has stopped trading after 40 years in town due to its owner’s retirement.

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