Hereford & Worcester

Hereford Manhattans nightclub to become craft market

A Hereford nightclub is to close after 18 years as an entertainment venue after a fall in customer numbers.

Manhattans, in St Peters Street, will become an indoor market and cafe.

Andy Catley, who set up Manhattans with Mark Spalding in 1993 when it was called Manhattans Suite and Video Bar, said the club will close on 8 October.

He said he had obtained planning permission for stalls which would sell clothes, jewellery and beauty products.

'Mobile phones to blame'

"We want to thank the customers who made Manhattans such a unique venue and would like to think that we made a small mark on the history of the social scene in Hereford," he said.

"But at the end, we weren't making any money.

"The capacity is 420 and we used to fill that on a Saturday just three years ago, with another 150 people waiting outside, but now we only have about 15 people at midnight.

"A lot of our customers used to come after the pubs closed at 11pm, but mobile phones have killed the industry because people just sit at tables on their phones now and the way people have socialised has changed."