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Crush nightclub in Dartford to close on Saturday before reopening as Industry

Music is set to fade at a town centre nightclub tomorrow, days after figures revealed nearly half the nation’s clubs have shut in just 10 years.

Crush in Spital Street will close on Saturday after serving late- night revellers for 10 years.

But time has not been called for a last dance at the nightspot – it is due to reopen under the new name of Industry before the end of the month.

The change comes in the week The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, which represents venues, revealed the number of clubs has decreased from 3,144 in 2005 to 1,733 this year, sparking fears the closures will leave the UK worse off “culturally, socially and economically”.

Clubbers will dance the night away at Crush one last time before it reopens under a new name
Clubbers will dance the night away at Crush one last time before it reopens under a new name

However, Crush owner Peter Edwards said his trade remained healthy while others have struggled.

He decided to press ahead with a rebrand after joining forces with new business partner Rhys Smith.

He said: “We have spoken about it for about four years but it was only in the past six months we’ve decided to go ahead with a revamp.

“We thought it was about time the club had a makeover.

“Ten years is a long time so we felt the club needed a crisp, clean look. We have spent a lot of money and virtually everything will be changing. We hope to change the concept to be more female friendly and open earlier as well.”

Crush nightclub is Spital Street
Crush nightclub is Spital Street

Industry is set to open in the same building on Saturday, August 29.

Speaking about the nightclub industry, Mr Edwards said it was no shock clubs were shutting as they compete with late night pubs and bars while revellers remain hit in the pocket as Britain slowly emerges from recession.

Mr Edwards added: “The clubs with the big capacities must struggle to fill them. There’s a lot of staff you need to employ and if people are drinking in bars and pubs until 12.30am then they aren’t spending enough time in there. But we have a good business – I can see us being here another 10 years.”

Mr Edwards said recruitment was under way for part-time staff to work at the club. For information visit the club’s Facebook page.

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