A WELL-KNOWN Morpeth night spot has been sold to become a shop.
Shooters bar and nightclub in Bridge Street will undergo a dramatic revamp to become the new Morpeth outlet of the Yorkshire Trading Company.
The bar occupies a prime site in the heart of the town, but agent Mark Worley, who is Associate Director of licensed property specialist Christie and Co in Newcastle, says the time was right to sell up due to tough trading conditions.
He said: “Shooters is a well-known club, however the economic climate has had a negative effect on trade in recent years.
“Our client is a well-known local businessman and licensed operator who felt that the time was right to sell the premises.”
The premises offer three trading floors, with offices on the top floor.
They will now undergo a major transformation to turn the nightclub into a retail store.
Mr Worley said: “Given the recent development of Morpeth town centre and the level of investment into the area, it was expected that there would be a good level of interest from the retail sector in this prime high street spot.
“It was not surprising, therefore, that the property was sold to Yorkshire Trading Company, who intend to invest heavily in the conversion of the building for retail use.”
The new owner of the premises has a number of outlets in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the North East, including a shop in Cramlington’s Manor Walks.
The Morpeth store will be the company’s second in Northumberland.
The business offers a wide variety of products at its existing stores, from clothing, fabrics and household furnishings to tools, pans and garden equipment, as well as cards and sweets.
It is a family-run business, which aims to offer great value and traditional service. It is not yet known when the new store will open.