The embattled Taxi Club will finally shut its doors on April 8, its board of directors has announced.
In an email to club members, the oard announced that, following a general downturn in revenue dating back to 2006, the club now faced its final weeks in operation.
“We reluctantly announce the closure of the Taxi Club, as it currently stands, at close of business on Sunday, April 8 2012 (Easter Sunday),” they wrote.
“Despite our best efforts, our financial situation has deteriorated to the point where we have no option other than to shortly cease trading. This is an enormously disheartening decision, and has not been taken lightly.”
The board pointed to many factors which influenced the decision, many of them stemming from the previous board and management. These included the removal of the club’s Place of Public
Entertainment Licence, poorly controlled building works, and failing to secure the ownership of the adjacent car park.
“There’ve certainly been indicators that things needed to change for us to survive — particularly the turnover of the club with the poker machines, which unfortunately has decreased markedly over the last few years,” club director Ron Langham told the Star Observer.
“And a few years ago, there was the whole issue with the previous board and management, who took decisions that weren’t in the club’s best interest.
“We’ve been struggling for the last three and a half years to rectify that — unfortunately, to no avail at this stage.”
While April 8 is earmarked as the club’s closing date, nothing is set in stone, and Langham said a turnaround in the club’s fortunes in these final few weeks may go some way to alleviating the dire situation.
“The biggest thing people can do is to patronise the club in this last month. If we can get some really good turnover, anything’s possible at the end of the month.
“We can’t make any promises, because we don’t know what the outcome of that would be. But based on current figures, we’ve made the decision to close on the 8th.”
Regardless of the final outcome, Langham promised that these last few weeks would be an eventful time for the venue’s loyal patrons.
“We’ll certainly go out with a bang. I’m not sure what we’ll have planned — Michelle, our general manager, will be working on that in conjunction with the board — but certainly there’ll be shows and all sorts of things leading up to the 8th.”