Eyesore ex-pole dancing bar to be sold

The building above the Crown Hotel, The Office and Dairy Ice Cream and Beach Goods shop.

The building above the Crown Hotel, The Office and Dairy Ice Cream and Beach Goods shop.

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A huge blot on Morecambe’s landscape is on the verge of being sold.

The boarded-up former Office pole dancing bar and Whistling Oyster pub on the central promenade is under offer.

Owners Mitchell’s Brewery are in talks to finalise the sale but would not reveal the buyer’s name due to commercial confidentiality.

The six-storey building at 240-241 Marine Road Central has been empty for six years.

It was last open as The Office, a pole dancing bar run by businessman and restauranteur Alan Crookall.

But The Office closed its doors in 2007 just 18 months after opening due to lack of custom.

Prior to that the building was known as The Oyster or The Whistling Oyster, a busy seafront bar particularly in the late ‘80s and ‘90s.

In 2009 Mitchell’s entered talks with Gary Morecambe, son of Eric, about opening an Eric Morecambe-themed pub and museum in the 13,750 sq ft building.

But the Lancaster brewers abandoned these plans when the recession hit.

The premises is up for sale with estate agents Fisher Wrathall for £200,000.

Jonathan Barker of Mitchell’s told The Visitor last October: “It could be retail on the ground floor and apartments above it, or somebody could link it to the Eric Morecambe statue.”

Nigel Pearson, of the nearby Kings Arms pub, said: “It’s going to be intriguing to see who’s bought it and what it is, but whatever it is has got to be better than a derelict building. If it’s a pub, then we will have to compete but the more venues we have, the more people will come to Morecambe.”