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Mystery surrounds future Soda
MYSTERY surrounds the future of an Old Town club which was due to reopen this month after it closed its doors for refurbishment in July.
Soda, which only launched in April at its Hoopers Place venue, blamed a slow summer for its temporary closure, but plans had been afoot to alter the building’s layout for a bigger top floor.
All part-time staff lost their jobs following July’s decision, with full-time staff moved on to other outlets during the closure, although they look unlikely to return on schedule, if at all, according to one Old Town business owner.
Asked if he felt Soda would reopen, Darren Turner, owner of 20 at The Kings, said: “I don’t think so. I haven’t heard anything on the grapevine.
“Why take down all the signage and reopen at a later date? I think they are just protecting their reputation. Tiger Bills said the same thing when they closed. It’s not going to happen.
“The overheads at nightclubs are massive; we own two businesses, so we know well enough of the costs involved.
“I can’t see how clubs will work in this town because, I feel, the fact there’s no university here makes a big difference.
“I used to work in Oxford, where they have two universities, and night clubs were booming. The students keep them afloat.
“Clubs were always going to struggle in Swindon when the licensing laws changed about 10 years ago.
“Pubs and hotels used to finish at 11 o’clock and if you wanted to continue your night you had to go to a club, but people can finish at a bar now, especially in Old Town, because they can stay open late.
“There was Mission, Rehab, Tiger Bills and now Soda; they are rarely successful because of the lack of students.”
When the Adver spoke with Soda’s general manager, Chris Jaffa yesterday, he declined to comment on the future of the club.
Speaking to the Adver back in the summer, a spokesman for the club said: “Soda is very successful on Saturdays, and the Attic in particular is going well.
“Summer is a slow time for clubs, so we have closed to look at reconfiguring the club to create a bigger Attic on the top floor.
“Full time staff are working at other outlets for the time being, while part time staff are not being employed during the summer.
“Once reopening plans are known, we plan to be back in touch with them.”
Soda runs a very successful bar in Cardiff, where five universities have a campus of some kind.
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