Ex-pole dancing bar could be sold

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Potential buyers are flocking to look around one of the biggest eyesores on Morecambe promenade, said its owner.

Jonathan Barker of Mitchell’s Brewery said viewings of the empty former Office pole dancing bar on Marine Road Central have stepped up over the last month.

The boarded-up six-floor 13,750 sq ft premises is up for sale with Fisher Wrathall at £200,000.

Mitchell’s originally intended to convert the building into an Eric Morecambe-themed pub and museum.

They were in talks with the late comedian’s family but plans stalled when the recession hit, so they put it on the market.

But Mr Barker said the increasing interest in the property was a good sign for the local economy.

“We’ve had three or four viewings over the last month which is encouraging,” said Mr Barker, managing director of the Lancaster brewery.

“It could be retail on the ground floor and apartments above it, or somebody could link it to the Eric Morecambe statue in some way.”

The Office pole dancing bar closed in 2007 due to lack of custom after just 18 months in business.

Prior to that the building was the Whistling Oyster pub, a popular nightspot in the 1980s and 1990s.