The following post comes from notes taken on a visit to Lincoln Jumpin Jaks – Ritzy and Pulse – July 1999, at the time when the Rank nightclubs were up for disposal. Rank had previously taken over the Mecca Dancing estate.
Of course the eventual outcome was that Luminar took over the whole of the Rank estate, with this venue currently (2012) being one of the Lincoln success stories, under the management of Paul Aloo.
I understand that the club was originally a Cinderella Rockerfellas, under the Mecca Dancing banner. Mecca took over Stringfellows highly successful Leeds venue and rolled out the brand.
Now back to the visit –
Manager Mehmet Bekir explained that Barracuda was the main problem venue in the city, but there was general concern at the large number of bars within the central area. Mehmet was not particularly affable, which seemed contrary to the needs of a small city nightclub. However, his disco rooms successfully traded 6 nights per week, although things did not look so good in Jumpin Jaks. Despite this being the smallest of the brand it traded badly.
Mehmet had previously managed The Venue in Bedford, and was concerned incase another club were to open in the city.
Legends (Luminar) was his main opposition nightclub, which I had visited earlier and found to be very busy prior to 10pm. Then the subject of a mass exodus when the £1 drinks policy ended. Leaving mountains of uncollected bottles and glasses on the tables.
Goodness knows what Mehmet would have made of the current situation –
With Ritzy, Tokyos, Lola Li and Home all fighting it out for pole position in the city.
Images from Ritzy website