Learn more about one of Teesside’s Premier Shopping Desintations – In The Heart of the Tees Valley
From Portrack Bed Shops to DIY, Furniture, Stockton Carpets and More!
Come along to Portrack Lane today and find a whole host of national and independent retailers. Portrack is a popular shopping quarter located in Stockton-on-Tees, North East England.
Home to independent retailers such Pets Mania, Portrack Lane Bed Centre, Michael O’Connor Furniture, Franks Factory Flooring and many more. The lane is also home to national retailers such Dreams Beds, ASDA Portrack, B&Q Stockton, Harvey’s Furniture, Wickes, Oak Land Furniture and more! It really is the perfect location for the modern day British consumer.
Portrack Lane Retail Park has fantastic transport links to the wider Teesside region, it’s easily accessible from the A19 flyover (Junction A1046) which connects the area to the North and the South. This means it has the major urban regions of Billingham, Hartlepool, Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle to the north. With Thirsk, York and Leeds to the south.
The shops are well supported locally with fantastic transport links from Stockton Town Centre, Middlesbrough Bus station across the Newport Bridge and to nearby towns such as Darlington, Billingham, Redcar, Norton and Thornaby.
If you’re in the market for a new piece of furniture or home improvements such as DIY, then Portrack Lane will certainly have something for you. There are lots of Bed shops and DIY centric stores. Featuring sofa’s, carpets, beds, curtains and more. This makes the area a fantastic modern retail environment, which can be enjoyed by the whole family.
After you’ve finished shopping there’s even several places to eat such as McDonalds and Subway. For the kids you will find exciting leisure activities such as Bandland, Clip n Climb, Fun Shack, Pet Mania Stockton and Jump 360.
Even though the area is a modern built up retail location it wasn’t always this way. Originally there was a cricket ground located on the site, the first match to be played there was in 1839. This featured an All England team against Stockton. From there the ground grew in importance and it staged two other first glass matches. The first one was in 1858 when a team made up of players from Durham and Yorkshire played against Nottingham. The final first class test match was in 1861 when Stockton with the help of Yorkshire played Cambridgeshire. Unfortunately there are no remains of the cricket ground located in the immediate area.
Since the turn of the century the region featured heavily for the industrial facilities located by the banks of the river tees. This included heavy industralised warehousing and a ready-made population living nearby. After World War 2, the area came more to prominence as a shopping district. This was helped with the mass consumption of the motorcar and the decline in the industry around the river tees.
With lots of large warehousing being empty, the area became a mecca for consumers and started featuring both independent and national retailers. The most famous is arguably Dickens that was a popular DIY superstore during the 70s, 80s and 90s. The company became so well known they even sponsored Middlesbrough Football Club.
As the years have gone by, the area has continued to expand and develop into the thriving location it is today.