Club Brazilia closed by administrators with loss of 15 jobs

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CLUB Brazilia in Bury St Edmunds was closed today by the administrators for its parent company Luminar Leisure.

Ernst and Young were appointed as administrators last week by banks who refused to make further extensions on loans said to amount to £85 million.

Club Brazilia was among 11 of the groups 77 clubs shut down with a loss of 300 jobs, 15 of which are in Bury. Ernst and Young said closing the group’s unprofitable clubs was part of a turn-around plan and staff whose clubs closed would be supported through the redundancy process.

Joint administrator Alan Hudson said: “The core estate of clubs that were open this weekend delivered excellent trading results over what was a very busy Halloween trading period for the business.

“We would like to thank the management, employees and key suppliers who have provided their support in helping us to ensure that the business continues to trade, and provide us with the best possible opportunity to secure a sale of the business as a going concern.

”To date we have received a large number of enquires in the business as a whole and individual sites, and are actively engaged in discussions with these parties.”

A post on Club Brazilia’s Facebook page said: “It is with great sadness that we must announce the immediate closure of Club Brazilia. This is not a decision made by anyone in Club Brazilia, but by the administrators appointed by the banks.

“I would ask for your respect when posting any comments, please bear in mind that local staff have lost their jobs two months before Christmas. We would like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who has walked through the doors.”

Club Brazilia on Station Hill was originally called Reflex and changed its name in 1992.

Luminar owns the club chains Oceana, Love Social, Liquid, Project and Lavaignite. A woman was killed in a crush at a Lavaignite club in Northampton on October 19.