City bars in reshuf­fle

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

Palmer­ston North’s bars have had a shakeup as two close and a third looks to move.

Pop­u­lar night­club and sports bar The Daily, owned by Ricky Quirk, will move just a few doors down on Main St next to a new site next to Shoot­ers Bar.

Mean­while, Pub­lic House, also owned by Quirk, has closed.

Bar­rel and Crate on Fitzher­bert Ave has also not opened this week, but man­age­ment de­clined to com­ment.

Quirk said The Daily’s move from its lo­ca­tion on the cor­ner of Main St and The Square had ‘‘been on the cards’’ for a while.

It was mo­ti­vated by the de­sire to get out of its cur­rent earth­quake-prone build­ing and into a pur­pose-built one and would ‘‘def­i­nitely’’ hap­pen this year.

Quirk said he had ‘‘in­her­ited’’ the build­ing space, and was lim­ited by what he could do with it.

‘‘It is a fairly old build­ing we’re in, we’ve made the best of what we can.’’

The new site will be be­tween Shoot­ers and Kelly’s Su­permall, where he planned to es­tab­lish two sep­a­rate bars; a sports bar and a ded­i­cated night club.

Quirk said he also planned to de­velop Ber­ry­mans Lane with a beer gar­den.

He was work­ing with the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil to im­prove the area.

Quirk said he was wait­ing on build­ing consents, and it would be busi­ness as usual in the mean­time.

GRANT MATTHEW / FAIR­FAX NZ

The Daily is set to move fur­ther down Main St.

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