'Great news for the city' - Readers react as Ocado is confirmed as first tenant for Sunderland's Vaux site

The Sunderland community has welcomed the news that online grocery company Ocado is setting up shop in the city.

By Debra Fox
Saturday, 27 July, 2019, 06:00

Ocado will become the first tenant on the former site of the Vaux brewery – a huge city centre development which will also be home to Sunderland City Council at a new state-of-the-art headquarters.

Many Echo readers have welcomed the investment, hailing it as the first step in bringing more companies, and jobs, to Wearside.

Ocado’s new home will be at THE BEAM, the flagship building on the site. The retailer has signed a 15-year deal to let the top two floors of the building.

Customer service team member Daniella Waller, Leader of the Sunderland City Council Graeme Miller, Ian Pattle general manager of Ocado, customer service team member Russell Holt.

Ideas included buildings to further tourism and a Stack-style development of shipping containers, consisting of food and leisure premises.

Plans are in progress to create such a structure on the seafront at Seaburn – but some argued it would be better-suited to the city centre to bring in money.

Here is what you had to say on the Sunderland Echo Facebook page:

Sunderland Arc's vision of how the Vaux site would have looked from the north bank of the River Wear.

Bernard Purdy: “Great news, well done all involved, keep the good work up.”

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Lee Richardson: “Yes, it will bring people into the city (well, employees) who may spend a bit more in town now, but on the other hand, how much more tourism would something touristy brought in?”

Chris Collins: “Great news for the city. Let’s hope the next buildings are a little more pleasing on the eye. That looks like its been done by an architect still living in the 70s.”

Hayley Byers: “Fantastic news, completely new jobs vs a relocation from Doxy etc a massive bonus.”

Sunderland City Council leader Coun Graeme Miller inside the first building on the Vaux site.

Neil Lawther: “Great plan, still need either free or subsidised parking.”

Jack Fromme: “We should build the new Stack site next to here. Keep people in the city.”

Angela Dalzell: “More business needed.”

Sue Gray: “Waste of money.”

Pamela Armstrong: “Where are they going to park?”

Jean Wright: “No houses please.”