Preston club owner prepares to sell up at massive loss

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The landlord of Preston’s newest nightclub has put the building up for sale after accusing the city council of neglecting the neighbourhood.

Parvis Shasvar says he faces losing around £300,000 on the property which houses the Mokai club, because the Church Street area is becoming run-down while other parts of the city are being transformed.

Photo Neil Cross'Mokai nightclub in Church Street, Preston, is up for sale at a "bargain" price after owner claimed Preston Council is neglecting that area of the city centre

Photo Neil Cross'Mokai nightclub in Church Street, Preston, is up for sale at a "bargain" price after owner claimed Preston Council is neglecting that area of the city centre

“The council is killing businesses down Church Street,” he said. “For the past 20 years they have been promising to do that area up and yet nothing ever happens.

“That building cost me over £700,000 to buy, yet I’ve had to put it on the market for offers over £400,000. That area is looking shabby and it needs a lift. Other parts of the city centre are being imporved, but not Church Street.”

Mokai, which was previously known as Rumes, was relaunched just two months ago after a refurbishment costing tens of thousands of pounds.

Owners stress the club is unaffected by the sale, with businness continuing as normal.

“Mokai is the tenant and nothing will be changing for them,” said Mr Shasvar. “I’m just selling the building with a tenant. It will be business as usual for them.

“I’m asking for offers over £400,000, which represents a real bargain for someone – it’s practically half price.”

Mr Shasvar bought the club, next door to the Old Dog Inn, in 2008 when it was called PR1. He changed its name to Rumes the following year and it traded as that until summer this year when it closed down.

It became Mokai at the end of August and was officially re-opened after a major facelift by former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan in mid-September. At the time new managing director Chermaine Hewitt, 24, from Fulwood, promised the venue would give Preston “something different.”

“When we took over the club wasn’t very busy and we wanted to give it a facelift. The main club with the balcony is now completely black, and the side room is all white.

“The student market is massive, but we’re keen to also put things on for the over-25s.”