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Bird view shot of the shopping centre
|Location||Murton, County Durham, England|
|Address||Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre, Murton, County Durham, SR7 9HU|
|Opening date||10 April 2003|
|Developer||ING Real Estate development UK|
|Owner||TH Real Estate|
|No. of stores and services||66|
|No. of floors||1|
|Parking||over 1500 parking spaces|
Dalton Park is a shopping centre on the outskirts of Murton, County Durham, England. It is built on the site of the town's former colliery spoil heaps. It is the largest factory outlet style shopping centre in the North East, where branded goods are sold at discounted prices, usually discontinued lines of stock, previous seasons ranges or items specifically made for the outlet market place. The prices are typically up to 50% off high street prices or RRP.
The Centre comprises over 60 stores including 7 eateries, free parking and a free children's play area. Anchor tenants include Marks and Spencer Outlet, Next Clearance, Gap Outlet and adidas.
In September 2016 a Cineworld cinema opened along with outlets for Frankie and Benny's, KFC, Pizza express and Prezzo. A planned Morrisons Store and petrol station were also built, but as of June 2017, a decision by Morrisons on whether to proceed with their tenancy has not yet been reached and the store and petrol station remain closed.
It was officially opened by Tara Palmer-Tompkinson on 10 April 2003.
Alongside the shopping centre there is also 55 acres of landscaped parkland with three signposted walks and various wildlife habitats.
Following a High Court Judicial Review, Dalton Park was given final go-ahead for ‘Phase 2’ of its development. The construction started in May 2015 and completed in May 2016.
Phase 2 operators include: Cineworld 7 screen cinema which opened on 9 September 2016, Frankie & Benny's restaurant, Pizza Express and Prezzo which opened at the end of July 2016 KFC drive-thru which opened in June 2016.
Construction of the shell building completed at the end of May 2016 for a Morrisons Superstore with petrol filling station. This is not yet trading.
A pub started construction in November 2016 and officially opened to the public on 12 June 2017. This is operated by Marstons and is called The Dancing Betty. A ‘Dancing Betty’ is a gadget that miners used down the pits to get the tension just right on their haulage ropes.
Planning permission was granted for a hotel which has not yet started construction.
Several events are held within the centre. These have included :
- Father Christmas
- Charity walks
- Food & Craft markets
- Children's cartoon character appearances
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