The future of Wellington strip joint Calendar Girls may be decided today, when the receiver appointed to decide its fate makes his decision.
The Dixon St strip club was placed into receivership last week, though it continues to trade.
The announcement follows months of trading difficulties, after the club’s liquor licence was challenged – first by business rivals and then police – and was later revoked by the High Court.
Christchurch-based receiver Murray Allott said he would visit the club today and examine its books, before deciding what to do with it.
‘‘I have got to spend some time in Wellington. Part of the receiver’s job is to determine where to from here.
‘‘Am I going to trade it, am I going to shut it, am I going to do this or do that? [It’s] all about getting all the dots together to decide what I intend to do.’’
But the receivership announcement may not close the book on the ailing club’s saga, as owner Jacqui Le Prou seeks to launch legal proceedings against police, Crown Law and the attorney-general for abusing their powers.
A private investigator had been building her case ‘‘for a few months now’’, she said, and while the civil suit had not yet been brought before the courts, it ‘‘will be lodged in due course’’.
The strip club was placed into voluntary receivership for ‘‘complex’’ reasons, she said. Its failures had not affected the performance of her other strip clubs, which continued to trade profitably.
The strip club, trading under the name Casino Bar (No 3) Ltd, was placed into receivership on March 13, about five weeks after its liquor licence was revoked.
Police opposition to the licence included "serious concerns’’ about the suitability of the club – principally the alleged involvement of Ms Le Prou’s husband, James Samson, who spent five years in jail on methamphetamine charges.
The strip club has since been selling a low-alcohol, 1 per cent beer for $8 a glass while it continues to trade.
Closing written submissions by all three parties involved in the licensing dispute must be filed to the authority by May 8.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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