A FORMER town centre bar will be put up for auction.

The venue on Duke Street, which was known as Mollie's, shut down earlier this year after St Helens Council revoked its licence.

The building, which has been used as a shop in the past, is being advertised as a prominent retail unit.

St Helens Star:

It is being advertised by Pugh and is set to go to public auction on July 19 and 20.

There is a guide price of £150,000.

A property description on Right Move states: “A prominent retail unit extending to approximately 180 Sq M (1,959 Sq Ft) over ground and first floor and most recently used as a bar but may be suitable for alternative uses, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.”

The Star reported in 2021 that Mollie’s bar had undergone a licence review after Merseyside Police complained it was linked to disorder.

St Helens Borough Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee took the decision to revoke the licence after hearing evidence.

The bar, however, remained open after mounting an appeal that was due to go through the courts.

The council later confirmed this appeal was withdrawn in February 2022 and the decision to strip the venue of its licence came into force.

Speaking at the time, Cllr Jeanie Bell, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities at the council, said: “We want people who are out enjoying the borough’s night-time economy offer to have a safe and enjoyable experience – that’s why we will not hesitate to use our powers as a licensing authority when there are concerns raised that a licensed premises is undermining the licensing objectives."