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The Back Alley makes its return to Calgary

Last Updated Nov 8, 2019 at 1:43 pm MDT


CALGARY (660 NEWS) – What’s old is new again for Calgary’s nightclub scene.

A new, more upscale version of The Back Alley will open next winter after closing in 2013.

“Just go and let your hair down and have fun and not have to worry about anything,” said owner and GM Jim Turner. “Just leave your cares at the door.”

Back in the day, The Back Alley was known for various problems, leading to the nickname “Crack Alley,” along with people having issues with alleged sexual harassment.

Turner says they will tackle that all head-on.

“We don’t want that happening on our premises whatsoever. We want people to feel safe and not have to worry when they’re in there.”

The establishment rebranded as Marquee Beer Market, which shut down earlier this month.

That club was the site of theĀ fatal shooting of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks.

Turner wants to assure people security will be tight, and there will be no tolerance for drugs, violence or harassment.

“We’ve never encouraged any kind of drug use. That’s just a way to get yourself evicted out of the premises. We never stood for it back in the day when it was back in the hay day, and we certainly have no intention of putting up with any of that whatsoever now.”

In regards to violence, Turner adds they will be hands-on, stepping in to diffuse situations before they get out of control.

The establishment will be holding a hiring fair on Nov. 9.