Bernard Manning Jnr has appointed Roger Hannah & Co to market his late Father’s commercial building for sale or to let, widely known as the Embassy Club.
The Embassy Club in Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, was founded by the late Bernard Manning in 1958, who established the venue as a northern attraction for regular cabaret nights. Over the Venue’s illustrious history, it played host to such stars as Cilla Black and Tom Jones.
After Mr Manning's retirement in 1999, the family re-focused their operation with a pub at the front of the building and the former club, at the rear, being used for private functions.
Bernard Manning Jnr has advised Roger Hannah & Co “The original idea was to let someone else take over the function room, but I'm now open to all types of options. It could be a restaurant or a family pub…We've been in the Embassy Club for 56 years but my children don't have any interest in the place…maybe someone else could take advantage of 56 years of goodwill. It is an iconic building and is very interesting with lots of history."
Bernard Manning who died in 2007, held a pragmatic view toward the long-term future of the Embassy Club stating “business is business, don't worry about it…'if it works for you and the family then make the decision.” As the Embassy Club will always hold sentimental value, this has helped Bernard Manning Jnr come to his conclusion instructing Roger Hannah & Co to ‘bring to market’ his Father’s property.
The high level of interest currently received at these early stages was expected by Roger Hannah & Co; as they understand when dealing with a commercial property that possesses such a rich history and charm, everyone gets involved.
Stuart Cooper, Director of Roger Hannah & Co advises “Our client would prefer to lease the function room at the rear but will strongly consider all options to sell either part or whole of the building. An opportunity to be involved in deciding the long term future of such an iconic venue is rare and one we are looking forward to. Finances are not the main consideration, the end user must also be a good fit with the community" The property, with its accessible location, is being considered suitable for Retail and Leisure uses.