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[17 NOV 98] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY NEWS
Planet To Re-Open

Coventry’s Planet nightclub is set to re-open on Friday after the resignation of the manager, suspension of two staff and a week-long closure.

The night club in Cox Street is owned and run by the Students Union of Coventry University who invested 3 million improving the club two years ago.

Manager Eli Thompson stepped down from his position when closure notices were posted last week and two members of his staff were then suspended.

Cyrrhian Macrae, Director of Corporate Affairs for the university, said:

"The situation is that the Students’ Union Executive, having taken external professional advice, took the decision to close down the Planet for as short a period of time as possible. They did that with the full support of the senior management of the University.

"Their concerns were to do with the day-to-day operation of the Planet. There is now an internal investigation, which is going on at this stage. For that reason we cannot say any more."

It is understood that the "external professional advice" involved auditors. The police are not involved.

A spokesperson for the Students Union said the club would be open for business on Friday and Saturday.

"It will be up and running this weekend and all weekends from then on with attractions as advertised. We previously ran a seven-day operation but there have been personnel problems."

Customers who had bought tickets for the nights when the club was closed were advised to return them to the place of purchase.

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MORE INFORMATION:
Cyrrhian Macrae or Floyd Jebson 01203 838352

 

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