A former nightclub that has lain abandoned since 2012 has gone up for sale in Peterhead.
Drummers Bar and the upstairs Nemesis nightclub has been closed for five years and branded an “eyesore” in the town centre by councillors.
The massive venue had formerly been operated by the Hudson Leisure Group, which also had interests in Macduff, and once attracted interest as a possible stage for international singing acts.
Yet today, it sits empty in one of Peterhead’s main shopping districts – Marischal Street.
However, it is hoped a developer may see potential in the site and make an offer to Whitelaw Baikie Figes retailers which is offering the property to buyers.
A sign advertising inquiries for the premises has been hung outside the nightclub.
But last night, the firm’s website marked all information about the 17,529sqft property as confidential.
John Lear, managing director of Hudson Leisure Group, could not be reached for comment.
The venue made headlines in 2009 as a stage for UK songstress Alexandra Burke, who performed a gig in the port because of her sponsorship with mobile phone company Nokia.
Thousands of people from the north east voted in a competition to bring the singer to Peterhead over the likes of Manchester and London.
A year earlier, councillors threatened to remove the club’s licence after it issued wristbands to guests to indicate to other revellers they were single.
The club was criticised by members of the local authority after holding a Valentine’s party which used coloured wristbands to encourage flirting. Green wristbands were intended to mean ‘I will’, blue wrist bands ‘I won’t’ and orange wrist bands ‘I might’.
Yesterday, Peterhead councillor Alan Buchan said: “It’s been a rundown building in the town centre for a while now, and if we can find a new use for it great.
“But the problem with these buildings – and why they’re staying empty – is attracting people to them in combination with the massive rates.”