Could Jumpin' Jaks nightclub return to Gloucester?
CLUBBERS could be dancing with delight after it was revealed former city nightspots could soon reopen.
The previous homes of Jumpin' Jaks and Minx gentleman's club in Gloucester could be ripe for investment now that strict rules on opening hours have been lifted.
James Bunn, property manager for Morston Assets, which owns Jumpin' Jaks in Brunswick Road, previously said they were finding it difficult to develop the site as they were unable to market it as a nightspot.
Its former owners Luminar, which runs Liquid nightclub in Eastgate Street, had placed a restriction on the property use when they sold Jumpin' Jaks in 2006.
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However, Luminar went into administration last year and it is understood the covenant no longer applies.
The same rules apply to KCs, which later became Envy nightclub.
Fresh hopes have been raised that investors will now take on the venues.
City councillor Tarren Randle (C, Barnwood), the city council's night-time economy champion, said: "There is now no reason why we can't push to get those two units filled again.
"From my point of view, opening another nightclub in the city, or a comedy club perhaps, will be fantastic for the night-time economy. There has been interest in both clubs in the past, but we haven't been able to do anything due to the covenant.
"It would be a huge boost for the city to get those re-opened."
The fate of the former Crackers venue, in Bruton Way, which closed in 2009, lies in the hands of the King's Quarter developers Stanhope. It is thought a new nightclub will form part of the plan.
Clubber Darren Sturch, 28, from Coney Hill, said: "Generally it is really good news, and should bring more people to the city. But we need lots more bars and clubs."
A survey will ask people over 30 what they want.
Minx, in Lower Quay Street, reopened in July this year and is open Wednesdays to Saturdays 10pm till late.