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Nightclub boss's bid to land Rawtenstall venue falls through
PLANS for a nightclub chain to open its third East Lancashire venue have fallen through.
Leon Kelly, owner of the Level One clubs in Accrington and Burnley, had hoped to strike a deal to take over Madison’s Wine Bar in Rawtenstall.
But the entrepreneur said talks with Punch Taverns, which owns the Burnley Road nightspot, broke down on Wednesday.
Mr Kelly, from Wilpshire, said the setback was ‘just one of those things’ and that he hoped to open a third club soon, with Darwen one of his potential targets.
He said: “Punch offered me the lease because they knew about the brand but unfortunately the sales division came back and said the bosses had had problems with the previous tenants there.
“They said they were prepared to take a hit on it and they’re planning to auction it in December now.
“It all happened quite quickly. I think it shut down last week and I had a real affection for the place from doing gigs there in the past so I made my interest known.
“They were going to give me four months to do something with it but that won’t be happening now. I think they’ve had so many short-term leases in the past few years they weren’t willing to take the risk.”
Mr Kelly, who runs Level One with his business partner Alison Frost, has welcomed a dance class into their Burnley site in Bull Street in an effort to put the building into use on nights when the club is closed.
Sparkle Dance Academy, owned by Haslingden instructor Tina Penswick, now hosts street, Latin and ballroom dancing, as well as Zumba, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Mr Kelly said: “Tina wants to spread her wings into Burnley and we’re happy to help with that.
“Burnley’s been great so far but Rome wasn’t built in a day and it can be busier than it is.
“Having the dance classes there will help with that.”
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