Club 55 moves into old Grumpy

JOHN ANTHONY
Last updated 05:00 20/12/2012
Club 55 owners Stacey Lamb and Mark Louis
Fairfax NZ
BLANK CANVAS: Club 55 owners Stacey Lamb and Mark Louis are excited about moving the popular New Plymouth night club into the old Grumpy Mole Saloon building.

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New Plymouth is to be relieved of an inner city eyesore as Club 55 relocates to the vacant Grumpy Mole Saloon building.

Last week Club 55 owners Stacey Lamb and Mark Louis signed a lease for part of the ground floor of the old Grumpy Mole building on the corner of Devon St East and Liardet St.

The saloon-style wooden facade would soon be removed with the exterior being reclad, Mr Louis said.

Interior renovations were already underway.

The building had sat empty since the Grumpy Mole closed in March 2010.

Club 55 was previously upstairs on the corner of Egmont St and Devon St West.

But it had to close its doors because a lack of fire exits meant a limit of no more than 50 people was put in place.

Mr Lamb and Mr Louis sat down with the Taranaki Daily News yesterday to discuss what they had planned for the new Club 55.

The new club would feature raised seating, big drapes and a designated smoking area to come in the near future.

The exterior would be reclad and the old fireplace would be removed.

Existing Club 55 staff would work at the new site and a few new employees would most likely be added, Mr Louis said.

It was hoped the new club would be up and running by mid-January.

The corner premises of the building and the first floor were still available for lease.

Patrons would need to "up their game" with dress code and behaviour, Mr Lamb said.

Drunken behaviour at the new venue would not be tolerated, Mr Lamb said.

"People out there need to understand that when someone holds a liquor licence they have a huge amount of responsibility that comes with that," he said.

Mr Louis, who also co-owned Our Place a few doors down from the new Club 55, said the two establishments wouldn't clash.

"I see them as two distinctly different markets."

They chose the old Grumpy Mole as the new location because it had a good layout and decent amount of space.

It was also safer and more compliant than the old Club 55.

People were continually asking when the new night club would open, Mr Lamb said.

Club 55 had a loyal following with nearly 4200 people "liking" it on Facebook.

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