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Jobs joy as Walsall nightclub set to re-open

By Charlotte Callear | Walsall | Entertainment | Published:

New life will be breathed into a town centre nightclub that shut suddenly less than a year after a £300,000 revamp.

Inside Equator

The former Equator club in Lichfield Street, has been snapped up by a home-town businessman who is to reopen it within weeks creating 35 jobs.

The club had a £300,000 revamp and was open for nine months from May last year before it hosted its final night in January.

The former Chicago Rock Cafe employed 20 staff but the owners were forced to shut it ‘due to family commitments.’

Mystery has since surrounded the future of the 9000 capacity club which was listed for sale for £160,000 and has remained closed for months.

But it will now be re-launched after new owners snapped it up and it will be open again on October 27, creating 35 jobs in the area.

Last minute touches need to be made before the launch night, which will have a Halloween circus theme.

Bosses hope to fit 50 big screen TVs in for sports fans to enjoy live matches plus they are due to install a ‘state-of-the-art’ sound system.

Owner Rav Shoker said: “This is a club that Walsall needs. We want to offer an alternative club in the town and we are every excited for the future.

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“I am born and bred in Walsall and I have done some market research so I know that people in Walsall want something different.

“Whether that is different music or atmosphere, we are hoping to provide that. We know that people are very excited about it.”

The venue is set to be open seven days a week as a bar and it will also sell food. On Sundays they hope to have bands performing live.

Charlotte Callear

By Charlotte Callear
@CCallear_Star

Reporter based at the Express & Star's Wolverhampton head office

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