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Kingsway businesses express sadness over club closure

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

By Amy Downward / amy.downward@swwmedia.co.uk / @Amy_SWalesPost

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BUSINESSES near The Kingsway in Swansea have said the closure of its Oceana nightclub is sad news for the area.

James Price, shift manager of The Potters Wheel pub, said the it did not receive much business from Oceana, but he was disappointed nonetheless.

He said: "It is such a shame. All the people working there may lose their jobs.

"It will make an impact to The Kingsway as it is such a big building. However, they had a different target market to us so I do not think the closure will impact on our business."

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Elsewhere Robert Kendall, a retail assistant for Moustache, which has shops on Belle Vue Way and Craddock Street said: "It is bad news for the area, but The Kingsway has not been busy for a long time now.

"I hope somebody with a unique idea takes over the building and attract people back to the area. Hopefully it will not stay empty for long."

A Swansea Council spokesman said it was carrying out a review aimed at transforming Swansea city centre, including The Kingsway, into "a thriving business and cultural destination".

"It is clear that many city centres are facing difficult times, and with people's shopping habits changing we can no longer rely on retail developments alone," a spokesman continued. "This is why we need to create somewhere that people want to go, somewhere that's easy to get to and offers a wide range of events and activities to create a buzz that will attract people of all ages and interests.

"We've already started getting feedback.

''All feedback will then be considered in the development of a new city centre vision to be shared with experts at a two-day conference in Swansea in the autumn."

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  • Gowerview  |  June 01 2014, 8:21PM

    The council leader has promised to change perceptions and make sure Swansea is OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Part of this regeneration strategy is ensuring Swansea gets the investment that creates jobs and increases visitor numbers. He appears committed to a dedicated concert venue(I believe the planning brief has suggested this for 20 years! A step change in retail provision also - St Davids bulldozed area ) These Academy live music venues are being built across England. Surely the Oceana is of a size that could be used for such a venue. If not then any future regeneration of Oldway House /St Davids would be ideal

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  • Kaiser_Macsen  |  June 01 2014, 7:46PM

    Tink84, What 'leasing terms' are you writing about? I have no idea who owns the land and buildings but it's not the council.

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  • mdcurran  |  June 01 2014, 4:19PM

    Not to worry - we got a brand new useless boulevard coming, with no closure of shops, cafeterias, or botiques to worry about! I just hope that this spokesman wasn't involved in this project.

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  • Tink84  |  May 31 2014, 11:21PM

    Yes Barclays are moving to the old La Senza shop on the corner of Oxford Street and Portland Street, so another empty building on the Kingsway. It will be the next High Street unless something changes. The main occupants now are charity shops and pawn shops. The Council seriously need to look at their leasing terms and sort it out. Their "progression" is slowly killing the city centre.

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  • Dooyah  |  May 31 2014, 7:51PM

    It's a shame that the Plaza Cinema wasn't a listed building. Swansea lost an attractive building and gained a piece of grot. I had a look at the photos on another article. Photo 1 of 21 - 'The Plaza cinema, as it was in the 1930s.' In foreground from left to right: Austin A35, Mini, Ford Anglia, Mini, Morris 1000 Traveller, Ford Cortina. The Ford Cortina was first produced in 1962 and the Mini in 1959 so, it's Swinging 60s not 30s.

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  • RosemaryBush  |  May 31 2014, 12:39PM

    I understand Barclays are moving from the Kingsway. Another empty building and less reason for people to go to this part of town.

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  • bennyhill4  |  May 31 2014, 9:24AM

    Walked passed it Thursday and realised how bad it would be if no new tenants are found. If it remains empty the whole area will look derelict. 2 doors up is empty since the Nat West bank moved out and next door to that is the old Prince of Wales pub which was later Shades. All these are very big buildings which makes it look like more than just 3 empty buildings, and the longer they remain empty the less chance they have of looking like an attractive investment for potential tenants

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