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This is why Enigma nightclub in Newton Abbot closed – and it is 'unlikely to reopen as a nightclub'

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A popular Devon nightclub that announced a shock closure on New Year’s Day is unlikely to reopen as a nightclub – and it closed as it ‘no longer made financial sense to stay open’.
In a Facebook message to its followers, the Enigma Nightclub in Newton Abbot, said it was sad to be shutting and thanked patrons for their support.
Following the closure of Enigma, there has been intrigue and speculation as to the future of the premises.

Enigma nightclub, Newton Abbot. (Image: Andy Styles)
It is now confirmed that the premises will be marketed To Let by Bettesworths, but is unlikely to reopen as a club.
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The nightclub has been run by the owners of Olympus Business Park themselves, where the nightclub is, but in a statement released, they have said that with opening reduced to one night per week, it no longer made financial sense for them to continue to operate the club.
As spokesman for the owners, Paul Bettesworth, Commercial Director of Bettesworths Property Agents said: “It has been a very difficult decision to make and one we have tried to avoid for some time.
“Over the years, the owners have continuously invested to keep Newton Abbot’s only nightclub club fresh and on trend, including a major refit in 2014/15. While it was touching to see from the social media reaction the affection in which the club was held, the time has come for them to explore new possibilities for alternative future uses for the space.
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“We are now instructed to act in securing a new tenant for the premises. Olympus Business Park is otherwise 100% occupied and there is strong demand for more commercial space.

Enigma nightclub, Newton Abbot. (Image: Andy Styles)
“At this stage, we are not actively inviting or encouraging continued nightclub use. We will still listen to expressions of interest from well-established nightclub operating companies with a strong proven track record and a detailed viable plan for the future.”

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The First Floor premises, at approximately 8,000 sq ft and stair & lift access from a 2,000 sq ft Ground Floor, is likely to appeal to a variety of potential users, from leisure and recreational type uses to any number of general business uses.
The rent sought will be in the region of £50,000 per annum and proposals will be considered for the wide range of uses on a ‘subject to planning consent for change of use basis.
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The 700-capacity nightclub, on Kingsteignton Road, boasted state-of-the-art lighting, sound and laser technology and the venue played host to events such as UV paint parties, summer beach parties, personal appearances of celebrities and guest DJs.

The message posted on Enigma’s Facebook page
When the closure was announced, customers were told “it has been our pleasure to entertain you.
Further information is available from the agents, Bettesworths (www.bettesworths.co.uk) and interested parties are invited to discuss the viability of proposed future uses, almost all of which will require planning consent.
Source: Devon live