The former site of the Odeon Cinema in the city centre will soon be home to Stack, a network of 60 shipping containers playing host to more than 40 independent traders, including bars, delis, restaurants and retail units.
The shipping containers arrive on site imminently, ready to be put into position as part of a design by Newcastle’s Dunwoodie Architects, and the line-up of businesses who have signed up is starting to be revealed.
Man with a van – chef Alex Hindson with Hatch 76
Popular eatery and mobile van Hatch 76 is the latest business to sign up in a move which marks a new direction for owner Alex Hindson, of Gateshead, who has given up a successful contract catering career to go it alone.
Hatch 76 started in 2016 when Mr Hindson bought a 1976 J7 van, fitted a kitchen and began taking it on the road to food festivals, music and corporate events, selling gourmet sandwiches and sides, including duck fries.
He said: “I am a chef of 17 years and have worked in the contract catering world for 10 years, working some really unique venues but over time I began to lose my passion.
Meals on wheels – Hatch 76 offers a snack with ‘oomph’
“It was a bit of a risky move, leaving a well-paid job to do something new, but it’s a move that’s paid off and I’m really looking forward to what the future brings with Stack.
“I love the concept of Stack; it’s about getting passionate, local people together in order to develop something creatively cool. What we offer at Hatch 76 is different and our main focus is simply on getting it right.
“We want people to understand what we’re all about and we’re really looking forward to working with other businesses; STACK is all about the community – working together really strengthens the brand and supports rather than going it alone.”
Storm Cellar will stock a range of their own beers, as well as others from regional brewers.
Operations director, James Davie-Baguley, from Whitley Bay, said: “We have 152 beers to sell and currently these are available across selected bars and pubs in the North East. We came across Stack in the early stages of planning and thought it seemed like something that matched our style and brand perfectly.
“Ultimately we want to grow to have multiple outlets across the North East and the rest of the country and for us, Stack was the best place to go. We’re a young company that’s had great successes to date and we believe Stack is all about supporting local businesses which is our biggest mantra.”
Meanwhile, Beacon Burgers is bringing its taste of the American thriving food truck scene to Newcastle, having spent much of its first year of trading at some of the UK’s busiest events including Manchester’s Parklife, Latitude Festival, Rewind Festival and Newcastle’s Ladies Day.
Neill Winch, chief executive of Stack, said: “The development is shaping up to be fantastic and we’re really happy with the businesses we have involved so far. There are some amazing independents that are part of Stack and it’s great that we can all support each other with this new project.”