60 jobs up for grabs as new club waits to open

Nightclub exterior

The Quay Club - Credit: Submitted

Up to 60 jobs are being created thanks to a new nightclub being opened on Torquay’s harbourside.

The Quay Club, housed in the old iconic 400 ballroom building, hopes to open mid summer, subject to government restrictions lifting. 

It has pledged to offer at least the national living wage to all its employees as part of its support for the local economy.  It will shortly be recruiting assistant managers, supervisors, bar staff, glass collectors, cleaners and promoters. To help Torquay build a better reputation for the town’s night time economy, the management team will also be providing taxi marshals for their Safe Path Home Scheme.

Co-owner Adam Hamade, who acquired the club two years ago, has carried out a massive renovation scheme on what was a very dilapidated building.  Building work is almost complete now, restoring many of the architectural features. 

Adam said: "Our opening plans were scuppered by Covid but in a way it’s given us extra time to think carefully about how we want to proceed for now and for the longer term.  We believe our Safe Path Home Scheme in collaboration with local taxi firms and marshals will give peace of mind to guests and a much better experience for everyone.

"We’re entering a new era, not just for the Quay Club but for the way the night time economy moves on safely from the Covid pandemic. We’re all very excited about seeing the harbourside coming to life once again - plus offering the fairest deal possible to our future employees.’

Adam who comes from Yorkshire, fell in love with Torquay during a holiday 15 years ago and promptly moved his construction and garage business interests to the area.  Having had fantastic nights at the club in its previous existence, he couldn’t resist acquiring it when the lease became available. 

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He says: "A lot of people thought I was mad at the time, but we have kept our nerve and concentrated on looking ahead beyond lockdown."

Adam recognises the importance of businesses collaborating, especially in the new times ahead.  He is in discussions with local taxi companies to ensure the success of the marshalling system.