Chorley’s landmark Applejax nightclub has been put up for sale for £1m.
But owner Kurt Smith will be just as happy if there is no buyer after investing more than £200,000 on the premises.
I’m a businessman, so everything’s for sale. That’s how I came to put it on the market
Kurt, who also runs the Rose and Crown, just round the corner on St Thomas’s Road, Chorley and the Red Herring, Mill Lane, Coppull, said: “It’s always for sale if someone comes up with the right money.
“I’m a businessman, so everything’s for sale. That’s how I came to put it on the market.
“But in the last couple of months, now it seems we’re coming out of a recession and getting away from the cheap, cheap, cheap.
“People want something better. That’s why I’m investing more than £200,000 on an upstairs bar.”
The new ‘special guests area’ will feature, for example, individual seating booths, mood lighting and special effects.
The new look has been created by a major North West design chain, said Kurt, who added that top DJs had been lined up for the club.
The Bolton-born 57-year-old said he could feel the local economy turning the corner.
“I think we’re seeing the upsurge from people living in Buckshaw Village,” he said.
“We’ve seen a downturn in pubs closing, but a lot’s happening at the moment in Chorley.”
Applejax opened on December 6, 1987, and in a sector which regularly sees venues come and go, Kurt said he would not be surprised if it was probably one of the longest-established nightclubs in the country.
He said he’d had “a few tyre kickers” interested in the place after putting it on the market.
It is advertised: “Retirement sale of impressive three-storey detached landmark character prop with spacious and well fitted ground and first floor late licensed nightclub and private function facilities currently operating just two night per week. Comes with potential private accommodation and huge development potential or adaptable to host of licensed hospitality styles in unopposed town centre position with early interest essential.”
But Kurt confessed: “I don’t think I could retire. I wouldn’t last two minutes as I’d still be based in Chorley – my heart and soul is in Chorley.
“The big issue is not selling Applejax. Once I’ve spent this money doing it up, I’m quite looking forward to it.”
In fact, retirement does not seem imminent, as Kurt revealed: “I’m looking at the old Royal Oak at the moment.
“We’re in negotiations and there could be developments.”