Jobs boost as club is reopened

Jumpin Jaks, King Street, Wigan

Jumpin Jaks, King Street, Wigan

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A WIGAN nightclub which suddenly closed is to reopen, creating around 25 new jobs.

Jumpin’ Jaks on King Street mysteriously closed at the end of May giving its 17 members of staff just a few days notice.

The club, which is connected to Mortimer’s Bar and has allowed partygoers to walk between venues, has not been open since it closed its doors on the evening of May 22 - after staff had arrived for work.

Mortimer’s has remained open after being taken over by Mertle Entertainment, but club-goers can no longer leave that bar to go into Jumpin’ Jaks.

The club which was previously run by HLL Holding Group Ltd is now licensed to BCB Wigan Limited. Bosses are hoping to open the King Street nightspot the first week in October, providing around 25 jobs. With £150,000 investment, the club will benefit from a make-over and a new sound system,

Susan Gambles, head of economic development: “It’s good to see new retailers coming into Wigan, and to also see established firms strengthening their business position. There are a number of new shops and outlets coming to our town centre in the near future which is excellent news for shoppers and for the local economy.

“Whilst Wigan has done comparatively well amid the economic downturn, we have lost some local businesses, so I hope all residents will continue to do their bit to buy local and support the traders in our area.

“As a council, we’re inviting all firms to ExpoTwenty11 at Leigh Sports Village on October 14.

“We hope that local businesses and interested residents visit the event, it’s free for visitors and an opportunity to get ahead of the game and learn more about our local businesses.”

For more information log onto www.wiganbusinessexpo.co.uk