Jump In sets a closure date as no new site has been found

Jump In sets a closure date as no new site has been found
Staff at Jump In Trampoline Park

The popular venue on Morley Road is having to close after its landlords told the company to leave. Atom, a large drinks company which occupies both neighbouring units, will take over the site.

Affected staff have now been given notice of redundancy, after it became clear last week that a new site could not be found in time.

In total more than 60 employees will lose their jobs. But the company still hopes to find new premises in the town or in Tunbridge Wells.

Gavin Lucas, founder and chief executive of Jump In, said: “The team are at risk of redundancy while we continue to search for a new home.

“They have been amazing, and are committed to delivering the best ‘goodbye for now’ possible to customers.”

In a message to customers on social media this week, Jump In’s manager Joanne Marchant said: “Unfortunately we have not found a new home yet, but we are still looking, so fingers crossed that we will secure one soon.

“Due to this, we will be closing our doors on May 3. This will be our last trading day, but business will carry on like normal until then. So before we close our doors, come down, have a jump, say hello or goodbye.”

She added: “The team at Tonbridge want to say thank you to all our customers and followers. You have all played a part in bringing happiness to Tonbridge and you will all be missed.”

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Medway Ward representative, Cllr James Lark, said: “We are very sad to hear that, despite strenuous efforts by the officers of Jump In and our efforts to assist in the location of a suitable premises, there has been no success in finding an alternative.

 “Jump In has become an integral part of the offering in the town, and promotes healthy activities for all ages whilst providing employment for the fantastic staff.

“Unless a last-minute rescue premises is found, the company will be closing its doors on May 3. Short term, this may be the end of the line, but investigations continue in the area and we sincerely hope that the business reopens in the not too distant future.”

The trampoline park opened four years ago as the third of nine Jump In parks across the UK, and last year it attracted more than 110,000 visitors.

It has become a valuable resource for children and young people with disabilities and special needs since the launch of its popular SEN and Rebound Therapy sessions.

Jump In say they are still keen to hear from any landlords or property owners in the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells area about any available 20,000 to 35,000 sq ft spaces. They are asked to contact hello@gojumpin.com

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