The troubled former United Forces Social Club in Herne Bay has re-opened as The Retreat, which managing director Michael Britton hopes the community will support.
The club in Central Parade had to be wound up earlier this month because of debts but the new company has started with a clean sheet. But Mr Britton, who was previously club chairman, says it needs the patronage of more customers to be a viable business in the future. He said:
“We are giving it another go and have made a few changes, like separating the hall and the bar, which gives the building a bit more flexibility for customers. We will also be offering the hall free to local charities, which will hopefully generate goodwill and new business.
Letters have gone out to all our former members, who will now be patrons, and the name reflects the original ethos of the club as a retreat for soldiers, ex-soldiers and their families, but everyone is welcome. We are looking forward to a brighter future, but I would say this has to be the last chance and if it is not successful, the trustees would have to reconsider what the future of the building will be.”
Herne Bay Gazette, June 26th 2014