With new owners (again), Piere’s to stage comeback

FILE - Piere's in the Marketplace of Canterbury.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It would appear “The Hub Entertainment Center” was a short-lived experiment in for the former Piere’s location, according to a Facebook post.

The notice of condemnation was posted on the door of The Hub Entertainment Center on Monday, March 6.

The Hub’s Facebook page now redirects to a page titled “Piere’s Entertainment Center.”

A note on the Piere’s page indicates the location will change its name back to Piere’s. The post says Piere’s is “now officially under local ownership.” A date for the name change was not made public, nor where details about when the establishment might reopen.

Nathan Mertz, new general manager of Piere’s, said the club will be 21-and-older once it opens. Mertz said a grand opening date will be announced on the Piere’s Facebook Page.

Addressing security, Mertz said Piere’s will hire off-duty police officers and have a well-trained security staff.

In March, NewsChannel 15 reported The Hub was condemned. The Hub General Manager, Chris Cave, told NewsChannel 15 the venue would reopen and changes to rectify the condemnation “wouldn’t happen overnight.”

The new owners are renovating the inside of the venue, but it’s not entirely clear when those renovations will be finished.

The notice posted on the door in March by the Allen County Building Department said the building was unsafe.

In Aug. 2016, Piere’s was sold to new owners. But the general manager at the time, Kent Christon, declined to identify the owners by name. Customers who held tickets for then-canceled concerts struggled to get refunds.

The venue is approximately 40,000 square feet and has multiple bars and concert areas inside. The Piere’s namesake has been a Fort Wayne fixture in the nightclub scene for several decades.