The Southern Pavilion at the end of Worthing Pier has been put up for sale, with its owners looking for a “serious buyer” with passion and fresh ideas.
Phil Duckett and Richard Bradley, who have ran the attraction for five years, are selling the leasehold to the pavilion after achieving all they set out to with the venue.
“It’s just time to do new things,” said Duckett, adding he was looking forward to taking a break for a few months to spend time with his family. “We’ve been there five years now and it’s good to have new ideas and new people coming in – that’s good for any business, to keep it fresh.
“It’s a great opportunity for someone to move it for- ward even more, which is always good.”
Duckett and Bradley began their Southern Pavilion venture with a £200,000 refurbishment of the former nightclub in 2014, converting it into a café, bar and wed- ding venue. Since then the business has gone from strength to strength, offering the ‘best views in the south’ and ending 2018 in profit. The owners said they have received lots of enquiries since placing it on the market, but Duckett explained that that the new owners have to be ‘serious people’ who understand what is required.
“They have got to be hungry and excited,” he continued. “It’s exciting for the new people and from my point of view it would be great to pass it on to people who can kick on. That’s good for the town.
“Things are changing in Worthing for the better. Sometimes people can expect changes to happen overnight, but it doesn’t work like that.”