Industry nightclub has closed, citing a lack of patrons.
The Wollongong Nightlife-owned club in Victoria Street, Wollongong, most recently known as Castro's and previously Rusty's, was rebranded Industry by Newcastle-based promoters Metro Entertainment, which took on management of the club in November 2013.
Lu Ristov, of Wollongong Nightlife WNL, which owns the majority of Wollongong nightclubs including Ivory, The Harp, The Grand and Glasshouse, attributed Industry's closure to simply a business decision.
"We had a fantastic relationship with Metro Entertainment but it seemed no matter what they did, there was just no support from the community," Mr Ristov said.
"The market just didn't respond as well as we had hoped."
Metro, focusing on the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) community, had rebranded the club into a gender-diverse and inclusive venue with strip shows, burlesque dancers and drag shows. It also runs a similar club in Newcastle, and will soon open another in Sydney.
The company website states "in March 2014 Metro Entertainment handed Industry nightclub ... back to Wollongong Nightlife", and while Mr Ristov said efforts were made to keep the venture afloat, a post on Industry's Facebook page on May 8 announced the closure.
"The Metro guys did a fantastic job. It's a shame it didn't work, they really put 110 per cent into it," Mr Ristov said.
"But there was non-support for quite some time and a decision had to be made."
Mr Ristov said a new venture would take over the space in coming weeks, with a focus on midweek patrons and entertainment including bands and DJs.
"The venue is probably Wollongong's best nightclub set-up," he said. "We will be announcing at the end of the month or early next month. We're very excited."
Metro Entertainment did not respond to the Mercury's requests for comment.