Octopvs cocktail bar in Horsham town centre has ceased trading today (Friday August 9).
Owners of the Market Square venue say the decision was ‘heart-breaking’ but Horsham ‘proved too quiet’.
The pair added an ‘uphill struggle’ with local authorities made for a tough year but the decision to close is voluntary.
The bar opened in March 2012.
Cristian Pierri and Karen Lewis broke the news on their Crawley Octopvs Facebook page this afternoon.
The post reads: “It is with much sadness that we announce the closure of Octopvs Horsham.
“Cris & Karen have taken the difficult & heart breaking decision to cease trading as of today Friday 9th August.
“To our wonderful staff who did their upmost to make a great success of a beautiful premise & to all our patrons who stuck by us with their valued custom we thank you for a tough but wonderful year.”
The post continues: “Horsham unfortunately just proved too quiet not to mention the uphill struggles we incurred all year with the local authorities and in the end proved to be too much of a hurdle. This is a voluntary agreement and not one that has been forced upon us.”
The duo added: “Octopvs Crawley remains open and will continue to be a very successful and possibly now even stronger venue & we look forward to channelling all our love, ideas, fun and expertise into one of the best venues in Crawley.
“Should you have any enquiries regarding future bookings at Horsham you may have had please contact Octopvs Crawley on 01293 550558 after 16.00hrs.”