Sheffield club closes to make way for retail plans

Major incident
Major incident

One of Sheffield’s best known nightclubs has closed its doors after 14 years.

Embrace Nightclub, formerly known as Kingdom, has been one of the city’s top nightspots since it first opened its doors in May 2000, attracting millions of clubbers from across Sheffield and beyond.

But now the venue on Burgess Street has turned off its sound system for good after discussions with Sheffield Council over a compulsory purchase order necessary to make way for the proposed New Retail Quarter.

Jason Brook, for Embrace, said: “We have had a significant period of uncertainty regarding the future of the club premises due to the NRQ plans, where management have not known whether the club would be needed or not. This has of course impacted on our plans to invest in the business moving forward.

“It was clear at the public enquiry in 2006 that this site could be an important part of the jigsaw and the more recent announcement for Sheffield Council to progress plans despite the departure of Hammerson as developer has now given clarity going forward.

“We fully support the development of the New Retail Quarter, that is vital for Sheffield and we commend the pro-active approach that the local authority has taken recently in moving proposals forward.

“Of course, it is sad to see the nightclub close.

“It is nearly 20 years ago since I first spotted the opportunity one lunchtime, whilst I was myself a student at Sheffield Hallam University.

“We all have some fantastic memories but now it is time to embrace the future proposals for Sheffield city centre, which is an exciting prospect.”