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Time Bar in Cookstown to reopen in time to celebrate St Patrick's Day

By Margaret Canning

A Co Tyrone nightclub is set to reopen its doors in time for St Patrick's Day following a £500,000 investment.

Time Bar in Cookstown employs around 80 people and has been in business since January 2012 following a £1.5m purchase by building contractor Patrick Scullion.

The business describes itself is as one of Northern Ireland's most popular nightclubs, attracting customers from all over the region.

Mr Scullion said he decided to close down his latest venue for two months to carry out renovations suggested by customers.

The publican said: "The Mid-Ulster nightclub and entertainment scene continues to thrive, attracting the biggest DJs and celebrities, not to mention huge crowds from all over Northern Ireland.

"Cookstown is undoubtedly a key hub in all of this growth, as is evidenced by the level of investment that has been pumped into the area and its local economy."

In 2013 Mr Scullion's company 1 Oak Leisure Ltd bought the Strabane venue formerly known as Katy Daly's in another £1.5m deal.

That site was transformed into Rubys Bar and Nightclub - 20,000 sq ft 'super venue' for Strabane, creating 60 new jobs.

The latest venue will host a reopening party on March 14. Improvements include a larger dance floor with an improved DJ area and a new sound system.

Marketing manager Laura McGillion said: "It's all about the customer experience for us and we are constantly thriving to keep things fresh and fun at Time, from our entertainment and events to our special guests and customer service."

She said a designer from Canada was hired to implement the company's vision for the nightclub. "Business has been excellent since we opened in July 2012, during which time we've welcomed more than 300,000 guests through our doors.

"Even though we have a very loyal customer base from all over the province, this is a very fast-moving industry so we can't afford to rest on our laurels and our aim is always to make what we believe to be a good product even better."

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