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Goodbye club, hello mall

A building that has housed different night clubs in Penticton over the years, is now being gutted by its owner.

Businessman and former councillor John Vassilaki, the president of Tiffany's Cabaret Ltd., says the building on Main Street will become a boutique mini mall and also offer residential spaces.

"The night club life in Penticton is finished, and my family has always had a vision of improving the downtown core," he said.

It was back in the 1970s, when disco ruled, that Vassilaki open Tiffany's Cabaret in the old legion building on Main Street.

He recalls it being the first real nightclub in the Okanagan with all the big Canadian and American stars passing through.

In 1998, it became Element Nite Club, and after that operated as Club 535.

The old building most recently housed the Opal Nite Club, which closed its doors in the fall of 2013.

The boutique mini mall now planned for the ground floor, will have eight boutique shops.

On the second level there will be five residential spaces, including one, three bedroom, one, one bedroom and three, two bedroom units.

Vassilaki hopes to open the mini mall in March of 2016.

"It is the end of an era, because this was the first nightclub here," he said. "Now it's time for something different for downtown."

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