Mystery over Lace nightclub shutting in Cheltenham
MYSTERY surrounds the closure of another Cheltenham nightclub, which has left more than 50 staff without jobs.
Lace in Albion Street is understood to have called time this week.
Around 50 people who worked at the club, including managers, bar staff, DJs, security and cleaners, were told they were being made redundant earlier this week.
Despite calls to Lace and No Saints Ltd, a hospitality and entertainment business which runs the club, no one would confirm the future of the venue.
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It follows the closure of Slak Bar in Bath Street less than two months ago, leaving party-goers with fewer choices of where to dance the night away.
Lace's Facebook page and Twitter feed have not been updated for the last two weeks while the club's website simply features a clock counting down.
It is understood the nightclub will be undergoing a full refit and rebranding at some point in the future.
Lace has gone through a number of different owners during the last few years and has been known variously as Time, Club Moda and Place over the past ten years.
Bosses at Lace had been trying to get planning permission for a refurbishment following a fire in April 2011 caused by faulty electrics.
No Saints Ltd applied for a three storey extension to building in courtyard in August 2011.
But planning bosses have yet to give the scheme the go-ahead and there was opposition from neighbours to the plans.
Martin Chandler, principal planning officer at Cheltenham Borough Council, said there had been numerous meetings with the club about its previous proposal.
He added: "We have met with the applicant on three separate occasions to try and get the scheme to one which we can support."