One of the Gold Coast’s most loved food and music venues has announced it will be closing its iconic container doors after failing to reach an agreement with its landlord over a massive rental increase.
NightQuarter owners Michelle Christoe and Ian Van der Woude broke the sad news to locals overnight, revealing they are “bitterly disappointed” they couldn’t reach a compromise with SCentre, the owners and operators of Westfield Australia and New Zealand.
“We had an agreement for an extended term at the site subject to agreement on revised rent,” Mr Van der Woude said.
“The landlord was seeking more than double the rent for an extended five-year term.
“Personally, this has been a very difficult decision for Michelle and I to make and we are heartbroken that we couldn’t reach a deal to continue the incredible NightQuarter Helensvale legacy that we have put our heart and soul into.”
The husband and wife duo said that for NightQuarter to accept the higher rent under the new agreement, they would have to pass on increases of over double to their vendors, which they didn’t want to do.
“We looked at all the options, but in the end we needed to make a decision that was in the best interest of the company, our employees and our community of stallholders. We would have gone broke if we accepted what Scentre were offering,” they said.
Before making their decision, Ms Christoe and Mr Van der Woude searched extensively for an alternate site on the Gold Coast; but have not yet been able to secure anything suitable.
“My husband, Ian and I have been actively seeking out alternative options to relocate NightQuarter and have looked at quite a few sites. We are hopeful to be able to secure a new site in the very near future,” Ms Christoe said.
Following the announcement, thousands of locals took to social media to express their disappointment.
“What an absolute shame for the northern Gold Coast! Such a great family friendly venue with entertainment for everyone,” one person commented.
“This is just sad news. Night Quarter you have given so much to the Gold Coasts food, entertainment and creative community. Here is to coming back bigger and even more spectacular,” wrote another.
The highly successful NightQuarter Helensvale opened in November 2015 and has since hosted a range of major touring acts including RUFUS, Amy Shark, The Cat Empire, Sticky Fingers, Pete Murray, Simple Plan, The Living End, The Presets, Illy and more.
NightQuarter will continue to operate until 1 February 2019, where they will close with pop band UB40.