Sale of Northampton’s World War II Club falls through

  • The World War II Club in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 5/13/2020 1:59:17 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has derailed the pending sale of the World War II Club.

A deal between the World War II Club and two people from Signature Sounds, the Northampton record label and concert producer, to purchase the club recently fell through.

“In the light of the current economic situation that we find ourselves in with the music business, we were not able to secure financing at this time,” said Peter Hamelin, one of the would-be buyers. “So instead of holding up the World War II Club — we know they are also in need of moving on — we decided to rescind our offer.”

Prospective buyers Jim Olsen, Signature Sounds president, and Hamelin, director of live music, planned to use the space to host live music. The two had a purchase-and-sale agreement to buy the club’s building and liquor license. The Conz Street building, also known as the Deuce, is home to a bar and a room for special events and the club has both veterans and non-veterans as members.

The Gazette could not reach Steven Connor, president the World War II Veterans’ Association of Hampshire County, the organization that owns and runs the club, on Wednesday for comment.

The building was listed last year with Gallagher Real Estate for $899,000. “We have been struggling financially … It’s a struggle to keep the doors open,” Connor said after the property was initially listed.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.




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