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Bosses of Norwich nightclub delighted as major revamp proves a success

PUBLISHED: 06:34 06 July 2012

An aerial performer at the new-look Mercy XS

An aerial performer at the new-look Mercy XS

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Bosses of one of the city's biggest nightclubs, which reopened this month after a major revamp, said the have been blown away by its success with more than 6,000 people passing through the doors in the first week alone.

The former Mercy nightclub closed in June last year with part of it reopening as Uber in October, but the club has since dropped the name as part of a new makeover, costing between £750,000 and £1m, which has seen the addition of a pre-bar and third room of music.

The new-look club, Mercy XS, which was launched to the public last Friday, features Bar XS, a new pre-bar; the XS Lounge where tables are available on a minimum spend basis and the Platinum Lounge, which is said to guarantee a VIP experience.

Paul Marks, a senior manager at Mercy XS, said: “It’s been amazing, absolutely amazing. It’s exceeded all our expectations.

“The feedback has been great from everyone.

“All the taxi drivers taking people away at the end of the night said the feedback has been really good.”

Visitors have been wowed by aerial performers with silk and hoop performances suspended above the dancefloor.

Fire breathing and other performers, plus a selection of celebrity guest appearances will also keep clubbers entertained at the new look venue over the coming months, ensuring there is plenty to enjoy. Mr Marks said: “I think from our point of view, it’s an all in one complex now so you don’t have to go to anywhere else.

“There’s three rooms of music accommodating all ages from 18 upwards – there’s something for everyone.”

Prince of Wales Road was once dubbed Norfolk’s most dangerous street and police are currently trying to tackle a rise in serious violent offences linked to the night-time economy.

But Mr Marks said Mercy XS was determined to work alongside the police and other authorities to help make Norwich a safer place to enjoy a night out.

He said: “Prince of Wales Road has had a bad rap but we’re putting Prince of Wales Road back on the map for the right reasons.”

Have you got a story? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436.

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