The new 3,000 sq. ft. Spar and Shell branded forecourt on the site of Haughton Road Service Station has been months in development after planning permission was granted in 2020.
The overhauled site features six fuel pumps, a jet wash, air and water machines, an ATM and customer parking. It is owned by James Hall & Co., making it their 152nd company-owned Spar store and its 41st forecourt.
Inside the store, there is a Graham Eyes butchers counter, Clayton Park Bakery deli, and a range of refreshment options including Cheeky Coffee, F’Real milkshakes and smoothies, and a Tango Ice Blast machine.
There is also a range of fresh foods, food to go, major branded products, and beers, wines and spirits to meet customer demand.
The red carpet was rolled out as the Mayor of Darlington, Cllr Cyndi Hughes, cut the ribbon to open the store, and local people gathered to take advantage of some opening day special deals and meal giveaways.
The Mayor of Darlington, Cllr Cyndi Hughes, said: “I was delighted to be asked to cut the ribbon to officially open the fantastic new Darlington Spar store and meet the team behind it. I wish store manager Michelle, her team, and all at James Hall & Co. Ltd every success with it.
“The significant investment Spar have put into the site and the jobs the new store and forecourt has created is a great boost for the local economy and it shows that Darlington is open for business.”
Fiona Drummond, company stores director at James Hall & Co. Ltd, said: “We’re incredibly excited to launch in Darlington and bring the Spar brand to the town. While we have a strong presence of company-owned stores in the North East of the country and independent retailers under the Spar symbol, we have never had a presence in central Darlington. This was a key attraction to our investment in the Haughton Road Service Station site.
“Our modern store really does look tremendous and its location is fantastic on one of Darlington’s main gateways, with a good mix of employers and residential customers close by. Michelle our Store Manager is ready to welcome in the community of Darlington to showcase our brilliant, competitively priced offer that meets the needs of the town.”