Railway Club closes due to high Vancouver rent

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Inside the Railway Club (ArghMonkey/Flickr)

Vancouver’s treasured Railway Club has closed its doors, after failing to find a buyer to take on the property’s high rent, say its owners.

Since the iconic venue opened in 1931, it has hosted bands including The Tragically Hip and the Barenaked Ladies.

In a Facebook post, the Railway Club’s owners and management thanked those who made the club much more than just a music venue – and blamed high rent for the closure.

“A concerted and very public effort to sell the club over the last few months has seen no buyer come forward,” said the owners.

“Unfortunately, the long-term and persistent combination of relatively high expenses, in particular rent, as compared to business receipts has left the business unable to continue.”

The owners also expressed concern for the effect the closure will have on the city’s cultural scene.

“Regretfully, the city has lost music venues and nightclubs over the past couple of years and we hope this trend will see a reversal.

“Again, our thanks to everyone who at one time or another climbed the steep stairs up to the Railway Club; we wish the best going forward to all those affected.”

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