night clubs will increase by fifty per cent by the millennium if all applications for
licences are successful.
The city can boast eight night clubs at present but another four are due to open to
push Coventry to the forefront of the regional leisure industry.
The latest application is from the owners of the former Pink Parrott in Tower Street
adjacent to the Post Office main sorting office in Bishop Street in the city centre.
The application for a late drinks licence will be heard by the citys licensing
justices on 6 September. If it is granted the owners will immediately commission a
complete refurbishment of the building and will re-launch as Club Europe.
Michael OBrien, a director of the company started by his father which also owns
Irish 2000, a night club in Spon Street said:
"I cannot too much about our plans for Club Europe before our application is heard
by the magistrates.
"As far as I know the police are raising no objections. We would embark on a
complete refurb and try to design a modern club with a European flavour to appeal to a
wide spectrum of people."
The Pink Parrott, which has a capacity of around 1,400, ceased to trade when the police
objected to the renewal of its drinks licence four years ago.
All leisure establishments in Coventry face massive competition from the Rank Leisure
entertainment experience when it opens in Spon Street in the autumn.
"Whether you are a club, a pub or a high tech disco you will face enormous
competition from the Rank centre," admits Mr OBrien. "They say competition
is healthy for the consumer I am not sure too many club owners would agree from
their own perspective," said Mr OBrien.
The Rank centre will include two night clubs, nine cinemas, restaurants and bars. In
addition a privately owned cabaret club is due to open in the former Theatre One premises
in Lower Ford Street as well as the proposed Club Europe.