Blackpool superclub Home & HQ confirms shock closure

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One of Blackpool's best known nightspots has confirmed that it will close its doors with immediate effect.


Home and HQ in Talbot Square, previously home to Rumours nightclub, shut its doors permanently on Wedneday (January 8).

Home & HQ in Talbot Square will close with immediate effect

Home & HQ in Talbot Square will close with immediate effect

The club's management said the club "is no longer a viable business".

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the immediate closure of Home & HQ in Blackpool", said the club's management.

"The club has been a huge part of the night time economy for over three years, entertaining hundreds of thousands of people along the way.

"But, unfortunately, the club in its current form is no longer a viable business.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their hard work and of course thank all the customers that partied with us."

Home & HQ opened in 2016 following a £1.5 million refurbishment by former owners Mike and Sandra Nordwind, who sold the club in August 2019.

But the club's current management also revealed plans to open a new superclub.

"We will be looking at the venue in the coming months and working on plans to hopefully bring Blackpool a three roomed superclub in the future", it said.

Jack Boon, 24, had been the club's self-employed, in-house sound engineer and DJ.

He said management called an 'emergency meeting' on Tuesday to inform staff of the club's imminent closure.

"Staff were called in for an "emergency meeting" on Tuesday and I was informed by phone call from one of the directors before it went public", said Jack.

"They said thank you for your help and we will be in touch in the future if we need you when and if we do something else with the building.

"That was it. None of the other clubs have offered me work within my sector as of yet.

"I understand why they had to shut, but a notice period would have been better as it leaves people like me who were not directly employed by the company in a very difficult situation."

He said some of the staff have been provided with redundancy payment, but only those employed directly by the company.

Jack, who had worked at the club for two years, thanked its former owners who gave him the opportunity to DJ at one of the resort town's biggest nightclubs.

"The only people from the club who have offered me any kind of support are the former owners the Nordwind family", said Jack.

"I am eternally grateful to Mike, Sandra, Michelle and Mark because without them none of the past two wonderful years would have ever been possible."

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The club has hosted the popular Sanctuary events, but these will now take place at Flamingo in Queen Street.

A spokesman for Sanctuary said: "Due to the immediate closure of Home & HQ, we are now moving to Flamingo.

"After our amazing NYE event, we feel this is the right move at the right time."

Correction

The original version of this story stated that the club was owned by Mike and Sandra Nordwind.

This is inaccurate - the Norwinds sold the club in August 2019 and are no longer associated with the club.