Dalton Park

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Dalton Park Outlet
Dalton Park.jpg
Aerial view of Dalton Park
LocationMurton, County Durham, England
Coordinates54°48′56″N 1°22′28″W / 54.8155°N 1.37457°W / 54.8155; -1.37457Coordinates: 54°48′56″N 1°22′28″W / 54.8155°N 1.37457°W / 54.8155; -1.37457
AddressDalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre, Murton, County Durham, SR7 9HU
Opening date10 April 2003; 17 years ago (2003-04-10)
DeveloperING Real Estate development UK
ManagementRealm
OwnerJanus Henderson UK Property (PAIF)
ArchitectNapper
No. of stores and services75
No. of anchor tenants4
No. of floors1
Parking1500+ Parking Spaces
Websitedalton-park.co.uk

Dalton Park (locally known as ‘Murton Shops’) is a shopping centre on the outskirts of Murton, County Durham, England.[1] It is the largest factory outlet style shopping centre in North East, England.[2]

Shops[edit]

The Centre comprises 75 stores, including 7 restaurants. Anchor tenants include Marks and Spencer Outlet, Next Clearance, Gap Outlet and Adidas.[3] The shopping centre offers over 1500 free parking spaces and a dedicated coach pickup/drop off point. [4]

Ownership[edit]

ING Real Estate owned Dalton Park until it was sold to Peveril Securities in September 2013. [5] A further off-market sale occurred in June 2015 which resulted in Janus Henderson UK Property (PAIF), a division of TH Real Estate acquiring the Centre for £38 million. [6]

Developments[edit]

In September 2016 a seven-screen Cineworld cinema opened along with outlets for Frankie and Benny's, KFC, Pizza Express and Prezzo. [7]

A Morrisons Store with an adjoining Petrol station were also built. The petrol station opened on June 8th 2020, after being granted planning permission in 2014 and being built in 2016. [8]

In August 2020 it was announced the Morrison’s store which has been empty since 2016 would open in time for Christmas 2020.[9] In November 2020, company bosses confirmed the store is scheduled to open on 26 November.[10] The store opened as scheduled on 26 November.[11]

The development was part of a £45 million investment into expanding the shopping centre.

In June 2017 it was announced that almost £2 million would be spent on refurbishing the centre including redecoration of shop fronts, improvements to the lighting & flooring and landscaping in front of the centre and improved toilets. [12]

As of August 2020, only KFC & Morrison’s remains from the redevelopment. Prezzo closed in March 2018, after less than 2 years.[13] In Summer 2020, both Frankie & Bennys’s[14] and Pizza Express[15] announced their closure. Some cited the economic situation caused by coronavirus as the primary reason for closing.

In September 2020 it was announced a number of new retailers would be coming to Dalton Park including Costa Coffee, Molton Brown and Lazy Jacks.[16]

Transport Links[edit]

Bus[edit]

The Arriva North East Service 22 from Durham to Sunderland serves Dalton Park and takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes from Durham Bus Station or 25 minutes from Sunderland Bus Station.[17]

Rail[edit]

Seaham railway station is located near by with frequent train services operated by Northern Trains. Bus services from the train station to Dalton Park take around 25 minutes.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Outlet Shopping Destination in County Durham". Dalton Park. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre". This is Durham. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Stores". Dalton Park. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Frequently asked question at Dalton Park Outlet County Durham". Dalton Park. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  5. ^ "ING Real Estate sells Dalton Park in UK to Peveril Securities". PropertyEU News. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  6. ^ Goodwin, Cliff. "TH Real Estate Snaps Up Its Fourth UK Outlet Mall". movehut.co.uk. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  7. ^ Ford, Coreena (23 June 2015). "Multi-million pound scheme at Dalton Park begins following groundbreaking ceremony". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Opening date announced for new Dalton Park Morrisons petrol station and kiosk - but no news yet on main supermarket". Sunderland Echo. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  9. ^ "More reasons to shop at Dalton Park - Morrisons to open new supermarket in 2020". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Morrisons confirms the opening date of its new Dalton Park store". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  11. ^ Harrison, James (26 November 2020). "Dalton Park's Morrisons finally opens with takeaway and barista bar". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  12. ^ "Shopping centre reveals plans for £2m summer makeover". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Hundreds of jobs to go as restaurant chain Prezzo axes nearly 100 branches". www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  14. ^ Lindsay, Kali (7 July 2020). "Frankie and Benny's confirms permanent closure of five North East restaurants". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Four North East Pizza Express restaurants to close as company cuts jobs to save business". www.shieldsgazette.com. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  16. ^ Price, Kelley (23 September 2020). "Big growth for Dalton Park with Morrisons, Costa among sign-ups". TeessideLive. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  17. ^ "SAPPHIRE - Durham to Sunderland". Arriva. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  18. ^ "SR7 0AD to Dalton Park Outlet". Google Maps. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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