NATIONAL pub chain JD Wetherspoon has confirmed the purchase of an old nightclub building and former church in Newport, the CP can reveal.
The sale of the former Temptation club, in Lower St James’s Street, which was reopened in 2009 but has since closed its doors, was completed on Monday, May 20.
A spokesperson from the chain said the development start date was unknown but confirmed it planned to keep The William Coppin, at Coppins Bridge, open.
The newly acquired building was the former home of Newport Congregational Church, which sold the last part of the former church to the then owners of Temptation in 2002.
The site, which is made up of two distinct areas, the 5,944 sq ft former church, and the more modern, glazed 3,503 sq ft structure next door, has been home to several bars and clubs over the years, including Booker T’s, Bar Bluu and Temptation. Bar Bluu was granted a 24-hour licence in 2006 after extending its 10am to 4am licence.
The former church has attracted controversy in the past as a late opening venue, including the erection of a large serpent sign to reflect the building’s former life.