City Council poised to reconsider some provisions of nightclub ordinance

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Drew Wofford, owner of the Chemistry Nightclub at 2901 Spring Garden Street, on Friday, January 9, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C. JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ/News & Record

GREENSBORO — When City Council began discussing new security requirements for nightclubs a few months ago, Drew Wofford broke out a pen and paper.

“We’re open seven nights a week,” said Wofford, the 24-year-old owner of Chemistry, a bar and nightclub on Spring Garden Street. “At $35 an hour, the two guards minimum we’d have to hire would cost us $3,600 a week.”

Chemistry is a small club catering to a mostly gay clientele. Its current capacity is 160, but Wofford wants to push it to over 300, which is what the club sees on an event night or when the patio is opened.

The club has done all right since it opened two years ago, but Wofford said there’s no doubt what an extra $3,600 expense would mean for business.

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