Sloanes bar in Gloucester to reopen
ENTREPRENEURS Marc and Gemma Watts are bringing back a popular Gloucester bar after reading an article in The Citizen.
Pints will once again be pulled at Sloanes, in Brunswick Road, when it reopens as Sloanes bar on Friday October 26.
It represents a first venture into the world of bar management for married couple Marc, 47, and Gemma, 21, who took on the project after spotting an opportunity.
Marc, who lives in Tewkesbury, said: "We saw an article in the paper about the possibility of the Jumpin Jacks nightclub reopening in the near future.
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"As Sloanes is next door we are hoping there will be an increased footfall in this area when it does reopen so we thought we would get on board.
"We are confident we will be a success here and that we will be here for some time to come."
For Marc, the move represents something of a return to his roots, and he is well accustomed to making drinks for the clubbers in Gloucester.
"I used to work in Chambers and I always wanted to own my own bar," said Marc, who moved from Gloucester four years ago.
"It is a tough climate at the moment and you do see a lot of businesses closing, but you have to be brave.
"At the end of the day it is all about how you treat your customers. If you treat them well they will keep coming back, and that is what we aim to do."
Marc is planning on adding a European flavour to the front of the bar, transforming it into a coffee shop during the day, while the rest of the building will operate as a bar.
Live music and student nights are also in the pipeline.
Councillor Tarren Randle, (C, Barnwood) heads up Gloucester's evening economy action group, a panel of business owners and bar managers with a mutual interest in improving city night life.
She said: "This is really great news, and any bar opening is good news for the night-time economy. Hopefully Jumpin Jacks will get an investor soon too.
"I'm pleased to see there will be live music there too."