TOWN hall chiefs have agreed to pay out £400,000 for a resort nightclub in a move which will pave the way for new council offices.
The council will use funds from the Northwest Development Agency to buy the freehold of The Tache Nightclub on Cookson Street.
The total cost, including agents and legal fees, will be £415,000.
It will mean the end of an era for the rock venue.
Ronald Blunden has run The Tache, which employs 18 mainly part-time staff, since 1989 and rents the building from its owners.
He said: “We are still open as usual on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and I imagine it will be December time before everything goes through and we have to close.
“The staff are all looking to move onto other places and I am retiring.
“I started putting rock bands on here in 1985 and in 1989 I took it over myself. The crowds we used to get all have mortgages and families now.
“We are thinking of having a mini festival near the end, with the bands that have played here over the years.”
The Tache was included in a compulsory purchase order issued in January for the council to acquire the remaining land required for the £250m Talbot Gateway, but the owners have agreed to sell their interest in the property.
A council report says: “The transfer of the property will enable the council to exercise the option to acquire the leasehold interest and when completed, the entire block will be vacant giving the ability to demolish in readiness for the new council offices.”
A planning application for the new £28m council offices is expected to be submitted shortly, with building work due to begin by the end of the year.
The cost of the offices is being met through the sale of other council buildings including Westgate House in Squires Gate Lane which is currently being demolished.
A new supermarket is also being built.