Club closes doors amid cash woes

Tonic night club Pevensey Road Eastbourne. August 7th 2012 E32047N
Tonic night club Pevensey Road Eastbourne. August 7th 2012 E32047N

A TOWN centre nightclub has closed its doors amid financial difficulties.

Bailiffs have been knocking on the door of Tonic Nightclub in Pevensey Road and a demand notice has been put up on the door saying monies are owed to Radiocomms Systems. The notice says Tonic Nightclub owes the company £6,766.16.

The club had been running student nights but shut its doors recently. The Herald understand the staff have been left in the dark over the closure and some are still waiting for their remaining pay.

The nightclub has had a chequered history. Before reopening as Tonic in October last year, the club was called the Funktion Rooms and was a popular nightspot. However, that changed when 19-year-old Ben Lund was murdered in the basement of the club in 2009.

Funktion Rooms tried to reopen under the same name after the murder but failed to attract revellers.

Last year the management of Tonic had to agree to stringent conditions set by the council’s licensing committee to re-open the club.

At the time police inspector Viv Johnson warned, “This is one we will be watching very closely and should they put a foot wrong I will bring them back before this meeting.”

However, there is no suggestion the club management has breached their licensing conditions this time and an Eastbourne Borough Council spokesperson confirmed Tonic had not been shut down by the council.

The nightclub is now on the market with Christie and Co for £999,950.

It is being sold via the agent’s Maidstone office and is described by the agent as a ‘highly popular’ town centre nightclub and a ‘great business opportunity’ with a net turnover of £700,000 per year.