Hope Wrexham's clubs will 'up their game' as venue reopens

Published date: 07 March 2014 |
Published by: Rory Sheehan
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A TOWN centre club is back in business after a £250,000 investment.

South Central on Town Hill, Wrexham, closed after going into administration as part of Yales Leisure Limited in November.

But the building has been brought back to life, and rebranded as South.

Alex Jones, 29, who owns and runs the Bank Wine Bar in town, and Ben Simmons, 24, both from Wrexham, have taken on the club with the aim of improving the town’s nightlife.

The club has a new sign and the interior has been completely redecorated and refurbished.

Mr Jones said: “We are two young local lads who have taken on the club and are investing a lot of money in it.

“We’ve dropped the Central from the name, so it’s the start of a new era. We see a future in Wrexham, we’re young and investing in the town, and saw this as a real opportunity.

“It’s been a turnaround in six weeks since we bought it.

“We’ve been working hard day and night to clean, make alterations and install the very latest ultra-modern sound and lighting equipment.”

As well as looking to make the business a success, Mr Jones hopes the opening of South will lead other clubs in town to “up their game” and improve the overall standard of nightlife in the town.

He said: “Hopefully there will be more on offer, we’re doing our bit for the town.

“Things are picking up a bit. We’ve seen Honky Tonks has had a refurb and now everyone will be looking to up their game. We want people to go out and spend money in Wrexham, and fuel our night time economy.

More than 20 jobs have been created in what Mr Jones describes as a “major investment” for himself and Mr Simmons.

He said: “We are employing a completely new team, bar staff, half-a-dozen DJs, security and cleaners.

“The refurb is a quarter of a million pound investment, so we’re aiming to make it a big success.”

The club reopened last night and it is hoped a launch night will be held at the end of the month.

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