30 jobs axed as time is called on debt-hit Sunderland bars

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THIRTY workers face the axe with the closure of a Sunderland city centre club and bar.

Liquid and Diva, in Green Terrace, were already under threat after the collapse of parent company Luminar Leisure.

Now administrators have confirmed the venue is one of 11 to close nationwide with the loss of about 300 jobs.

Staff were called in ahead of shifts on Tuesday night to be told their jobs were going.

“This exercise represents an acceleration of management’s ongoing turnaround plans for the business and reflects a rationalisation of the loss-making clubs already identified by the group as non-core,” said administrators Ernst and Young.

“The restructured business leaves a core estate of profitable trading clubs that have attracted interest from a number of potential buyers, and Luminar PLC’s remaining portfolio of nightclubs will continue to trade as a going concern as the administrators seek a buyer.

“The closures will regrettably result in the redundancy of 300 full and part-time employees.

“Employees affected by these closures will be offered appropriate support and advice throughout the redundancy process.”

Joint administrator Alan Hudson added: “The core estate of clubs that were open this weekend delivered excellent trading results over what was a very busy Halloween trading period.

“We would like to thank the management, employees and key suppliers who have provided their support in helping us to ensure that the business continues to trade.”

A statement on the clubs’s Facebook page read: “It is with great sadness that we must announce the immediate closure of Liquid and Diva Sunderland.

“This is not a decision made by anyone in Liquid and Diva, but by the administrators appointed by the banks.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who has walked through the doors.”

Clubbers have left their comments.

Wendyanne Young said: “I have some good memories in there. Sorry it’s closing.”

Kirsty Kipling said: “This is awful. I wanna cry. Liquid’s like my second home.”

Craig CJ Johnson added: “Gonna miss the cheap drinks, awesome DJs, best place in town.”

As well as Sunderland, venues are to close in Brighton, Bury St Edmonds, Basingstoke, Wigan, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Northampton, Mansfield, Redditch and Swindon.

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