We’re thrilled to announce that the queen of cakes, Mary Berry, will visit the North East in March to open the new Barker and Stonehouse store at Teesside Retail Park.
The British baking legend and star presenter, who has hosted several hugely popular TV shows and written more than 80 cookery books, will open the £4.5 million store to the public on Saturday March 28.
Customers will have the opportunity to attend Q&A sessions with Mary, win signed copies of her latest book and browse the new state-of-the art store throughout the day.
Mary, who was awarded a CBE for her services to the culinary arts in 2012, said: “I’m so excited to open the new Barker and Stonehouse store on Teesside and share my top baking tips with the people of the North East.
“I’ve always had such fantastic support from people in the region and am really looking forward to spending the day with customers and discovering everything the new store has to offer.”
James Barker, Managing Director of Barker and Stonehouse, said: “Mary Berry is an icon of British cooking. She is hugely popular with such a wide range of people and I would think that many households up and down the country own at least one of her cook books.
“We’re thrilled to have her on board to open our store, it will make for a very special day indeed.”
Situated at the entrance to Teesside Retail Park in Stockton, the flagship store features an in-store café, two floors of retail space spread over 48,270sqft and a large car park for nearly 100 cars.
Archial Norr Architects designed the store in close consultation with the Barker and Stonehouse design team and Dennis McLuckie of McLuckie Projects. The group also worked together on the design of the Barker and Stonehouse Knaresborough store which opened in December 2012 to environmental acclaim and has a bream rating of ‘very good’.