Business buys former home of newspaper

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A North Shields firm has expanded its operations south of the river.

Kitchen and bathroom specialist Tecaz has bought the former home of the Sunderland Echo newspaper on the Pennywell Industrial Estate following its move into modern premises in the city.

The additional high bay warehousing will enable us to double our already comprehensive range and stockholding

Financial director Ken Dawson

The firm has taken over the 89,000 sq ft building and surrounding 5.6 acre site and will convert it into warehouse space, creating up to 60 new jobs in the process.

The new site will increase the facilities available, adding to the 80,000 sq ft warehouse in North Shields.

Financial director Ken Dawson said the site’s location made it perfect for servicing the firm’s business both locally and further afield.

“The site is ideally placed, with easy access to the A19 to feed our three retail stores in North Shields, Sunderland and Middlesbrough, plus facilitate delivery to our escalating national internet business,” he said.

“Although we already have 80,000 sq ft of warehousing at North Shields, Sunderland and Stockton, the additional high bay warehousing will enable us to double our already comprehensive range and stockholding.

“The building is to be extensively renovated, with updated IT systems, high bay pallet racking and a showroom to complement our website business.

“The increase in capacity will provide the area with up to 60 new jobs when fully operational.”

The Echo moved to its new home at the Rainton Bridge business park last month.