Chart-topping popstar Brian McFadden is coming to Preston to open a new nightclub.
The former Westlife singer will be on hand for the grand opening of Popworld at the former Reflex site in Church Street, in the city centre, on Friday night following a £200,000 investment in the site.
The revamped bar, which is owned and operated by Stonegate Pub Company, will boast a new sound and lighting system, including a LED screen which will flood the dance floor with light and three new VIP booths complete with waitress service.
A total of 15 new jobs have been created by the refurbishment.
General manager Tony Mercer said: “Preston is a small city with a great personality that likes to party and so I’m confident that Popworld will be a huge success with the residents and visitors to the city.
“I love Preston and began my career here, so it’s great for me to launch Popworld to the people of Preston. The idea behind Popworld is that it offers fantastic customer service, a great range of drinks from sharing cocktails, which we call Partini’s, to premium bottle serves for large groups of friends.
“The music is of course the highlight. Reflex was known for playing party hits from a certain era but Popworld plays them from a range of decades, so it’s essentially an evolution of party style. The only rule about the music on our playlist is that it must get you up on the dance floor.”
Mr Mercer said that while the site had been closed for the investment, Popworld’s team had undergone training on all of the new elements of service.
He said: “Customer service is at the heart of our offer and we want people to come and have a great night knowing that our great team will look after them.”
Mark Whittle, marketing and events manager of Preston’s Business Improvement District (BID, said the investment was an indication Preston’s nightlife scene was booming.
He said: “Preston’s award-winning night time leisure offer is evolving all the time. The news that Popworld is to open in Preston is exciting.
“The company behind Popworld select their new locations based on how the local economy is performing, showing signs that Preston’s nightlife is alive and well and that their site in the city centre warrants investment.”
Mike Billington, manager of the Old Black Bull in Friargate, said it was good to see investment in the area, following the revamp of Lava & Ignite, rebranded as Evoque further up Church Street, and the submission of plans to convert the old TSB bank, next door to Popworld, into a JD Wetherspoon pub.
He said: “It can’t do any harm for the city - it’s somewhere new to go and they are opening it just in time for the students coming back. It’s good to see money coming into Preston.”