The Grafton reopening unlikely after frontage collapses, says owner
by Daniel Johnson, Liverpool Echo Jan 29 2013
He told the ECHO: “Sadly it seems that nightclubs like The Grafton are dead and buried, a happy but distant memory.
Masonary from the top of The Grafton Rooms fell onto the pavement beneath during the night in West Derby Road
“There just is not the market these days so there is very little which can be done.”
After being put up for sale in 2011, The Grafton is now used as extra space during big events at the neighbouring Olympia.
Mr Zorba said: “It is not for sale at the moment, but everything has its right price.
“While the recession is going on we cannot really do much with it. We are just sitting tight because of the cost of running it.
“There is not what you would call a true nightclub left in Liverpool any more – they are all bars.
“It is a shame but people’s leisure habits have changed so there simply is not the demand.
“Maybe in the next five years people’s habits will change again and there is a chance of The Grafton reopening, but at this moment in time that does not seem very likely at all.”
The building was declared safe after fire crews removed the rubble. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news//2013/01/29/owner-of-liverpool-nightclub-the-grafton-says-reopening-is-unlikely-after-frontage-collapses-100252-32699662/2/