Last orders for local night Spot
12:30pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Latest News
CLUBBERS in Old Town will have to find a new place to spend their nights after The Spot announced yesterday it was closing.
The economic uncertainty and increasing costs of running the premises were cited as reasons for the closure of the much-loved bar and nightclub which has been serving partygoers in Old Town for nearly a decade.
The sudden announcement means that as of yesterday, the doors of The Spot will be closed, with managers saying there is little chance of it reopening.
General manager John Edmonds said the venue had experienced quite a slow summer and with customers starting to mainly use the premises as a nightclub rather than a bar, not enough money was being made.
“You can’t run a place on an hour, or an hour-and-a-half of good trading,” said John.
“It’s an emotional day, it’s a sad day – not just for us but for everyone in Old Town.
“I’m surprised we are the first to go. The night time economy has been struggling.”
He said an increase in business rates and a change in licensing has all added to the burden.
A number of functions, including 21st birthday and 40th anniversary parties, plus many more celebrations had been booked at the bar.
“We have been calling people up today to tell them,” said John, who has worked at The Spot for eight years.
“It’s been a great place; there has been a lot of great experiences and great memories.
“There will be loads of people in Old Town who will feel the same. I’d like to be optimistic and think there would be a space in the market in the future for a rebranded Spot to open but I don’t know.”
The venue employed two managers and around 20 casual staff.
A spokesman for the venue said: “The directors would like to thank the public for their valued custom over the past years.”
Meanwhile, Soda, which only launched in April at its Hoopers Place venue, announced it was closing for the summer but has still not reopened with owners declining to comment on the venue’s future.
Darren Turner, owner of Hotel 20 Twenty, said: “It’s a shame for Old Town. It was nice to have it round the corner.”
He added his clientele was completely different to that of The Spot’s and bookings had been booming at his premises in Wood Street.
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