Rileys snooker club and sports bar closes in Northampton

Snooker and pool table venue Rileys, on Gold Street, has ceased trading.
Snooker and pool table venue Rileys, on Gold Street, has ceased trading.

A snooker and pool club which had more than 6,000 members across Northamptonshire has closed months after its parent company went into administration.

Rileys on Gold Street in Northampton ceased trading on Tuesday, May 26, leaving its six staff out of work.

The sports bar chain went into administration in September last year, with the firm taken over by the private equity firm Weight Partners Capital.

Shortly afterwards 15 outlets were shut with the loss of 104 jobs.

But this week, the Northampton branch of the chain has become the latest to cease trading.

A statement from Weight Partners Capital to its members this week said: “It is with great regret that we are today informing you of the immediate closure of our Northampton club.

“Riley’s has new openers who are both investing and building the business to ensure a brighter, long-term future. To achieve this, a core base of existing sites will form a strong base to build the company from.”

“We fully understand the Northampton closure will be disappointing news to receive, indeed we know some of you have played for many years at this site.”

Weight Partners has confirmed those holding a Rileys membership card will be able to use it at any other Rileys venues across the UK.

However the nearest one is in Leicester - 29 miles away.