Do the “burbs” do it better? It is the big question that the Empire Club easily answers judging by the long lines of patrons queuing to get in at the weekend. Located in one of Australia’s top five fastest growing areas and drawing from a pool of more than 40,000 18-24 year olds in the immediate area, Empire is Narre Warren's answer to the south-east’s demand for the clubbing experience that Melbourne's inner city was once renowned for. But, with so many venues being restricted or closing down in the CBD, Empire, with its large capacity, is more spacious than nearly all clubs in and around Melbourne.
The approach to the venue is through the large carpark that can comfortably manage everyone arriving for the night. Heading inside through the foyer you only then realise what a large piece of real estate this is with four individual rooms and dance floors. Each has their own bar, character and style of music. The centre of the venue has a large dance floor with booths situated amongst the action and, with all the bar areas, they eliminate the bottlenecked frenzy to order a drink – a necessary evil in many other high capacity clubs. The club attracts a mix of some of the hottest artists, including international DJs and performers, who play upon a platform that faces the main dance floor, emphasising the performance aspect to the music. A large screen dominates the front wall behind the DJs.
Surrounding the venue is plenty of space that has been set aside for smoking areas, offices and storerooms. The DJs and promoters have their own offices and the staff area, with its amenities, is larger than most venues that are out there.
There is an incredible sound and light system allowing independent music in the four areas to cater for whatever the crowd is after. The venue is in excellent condition, having been well maintained and supported by an extensive fixture and fittings list. Empire has a late night licence until 3am, a 5-star liquor licence, and a capacity of 900 patrons. There are five years left on this lease made up of 1+4, with the landlord willing to negotiate another 10 years upon transfer.
This is a fantastic opportunity to take on one of the largest and most established venues in Melbourne. Thanks to its lucrative operating model, huge loyal customer base and no direct competition in the area, an experienced operator or a hospitality group is almost guaranteed a set income. There is an excellent set of books including tax returns, POS reports and just about any piece of financial information you could require. So the asking price of this exclusively listed award winning venue of $2.65M is clearly justified.