New store now almost complete

The new new Farmfoods store at the junctiion of Brierton Lane and Catcote Road nearing completion
The new new Farmfoods store at the junctiion of Brierton Lane and Catcote Road nearing completion
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WORK to build a new food store on the site of a former pub is well on the way.

The Pink Domino, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, was demolished in February as part of plans to build a new Farmfoods store.

In March, large steel frames were erected on the site and work on the outside of the building has since progressed.

There is no opening date yet but when its doors do open it will create 15 new jobs.

The demolition work, which was carried out by the John Wade group, involved timber being stripped from inside the pub ahead of the building being completely flattened.

Plans for the store were approved by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee despite vocal objections from devastated residents and regulars angry over the loss of their favourite local pub.

Residents argued it should remain as a pub because of a covenant dating back to when the council originally owned the land where the public house was built.

They put forward various objections in an attempt to have the building saved from the demolition team.

But planners said the covenant was a civil matter and officers speaking at the time said they could not reasonably withhold its release.

It was since agreed that half of the money from releasing the covenant will go back into the community with residents and local councillors all having a say about how the cash will be spent.

The rest of the cash will go into the council’s capital receipts pot.

Farmfoods said the pub was no longer viable, and pub owners Enterprise Inns said the decision had been taken after “careful consideration”.

When the new store does open its doors, its proposed opening hours are 7am-10pm Monday to Friday, 7am-8pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.