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Date added: 12 October 2010

Coots take over old Apartment 

Former Swindon nightclub to become venue for private hire and a new town coffee shop
 
A former Swindon nightclub which closed earlier this year, is set to become a venue for private hire and a new town coffee shop.
 
Formerly known as The Apartment, the Arkell’s-owned premises has been taken on by Gavin McKellvie and Mark Wylie who between them already run two successful venues at the Cotswold Water Park and in Gloucester and have run Arkell’s pubs in the past.
 
The building is currently undergoing a revamp and will be opened under the name of Coots on 1st November.
 
“This is a dramatic departure from its recent history, but we feel strongly that there is a clear gap in the market for such a venue in Swindon town centre," commented Gavin.
 
" It can be hired in its entirety for weddings and parties, which will hold up to 250 people, or any of the three floors can be hired individually – from the much smaller VIP area on the top floor to any of the rooms on the lower floors. Our aim is to price competitively and provide top quality catering.”
 
The coffee shop on the ground floor, which will be open daily, mirrors the company’s two highly successful coffee shops at South Cerney and Gloucester which offer light lunches and snacks throughout the day.
 
“The Apartment nightclub thrived for a number of years, but things change and the demand for nightclubs in Swindon has dropped," said George Arkell at Arkell’s Brewery.
 
"When Gavin and Mark approached us with their idea to change the use of the building, we felt with their strong track record in the business they would be good tenants to take over.”
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