Self-styled “super-club” Chemistry is to take over late-night venue Steinbeck & Shaw in a move that will see the operation dominate the after-hours scene in Canterbury.
The purchase is for a reported £1.5 million and expected to be completed by May.
Revellers can expect a return to a style more in keeping with the venue’s former incarnation as Churchill’s, meaning plenty of old crowd favourites, but popular nights such as Giltterbomb will remain unaffected.
No new name has been announced, but it is expected that the Steinbeck & Shaw moniker will change.
The business has employed expert customer-psychology consultants to create what owners hope will be a welcome experience for the punters using the ancient Japanese cultural concept of ichi-go ichi-e, loosely translated as “once in a lifetime.
Owner Louise Jones-Roberts said: “As well as providing our guests with a great night out, we also want our business to be environmentally friendly.
“We are looking to install kinetic dancefloors which convert dancers’ energy into electricity, and we have just become one of the first to ban single-use plastic straws and cups.”
The expansion comes against a backdrop of increasing concern over anti-social behaviour at night, particularly in the Dane John Gardens, which residents claim is exacerbated by club patrons.
The St Mildred’s Area Community Society has been highly critical of excessive noise, drug misuse, and damage to property.
It has complained that not enough is done to police the Dane John.