FORT WALTON BEACH — A new nightclub on Perry Avenue is slated to open in a few short weeks, and its manager hopes it will revitalize the local scene.

NXT LVL, which will occupy nearly 9,000 square feet that was previously home to an old bingo hall, is scheduled to open to the public as early as this week. The club’s general manager, who goes by Frankie Love, said NXT LVL will kick off its live performances with a show March 24 featuring Sean Kingston of “Beautiful Girls” fame and Cupid, best known for the song “Cupid Shuffle.”

“I think the area has been missing this (nightclub) element, and I would like to be able to bring the entertainment value back,” Love said. “It’ll just be an experience.”

Love managed the old Nightown club in Destin, which closed in 2016, for 20 years. NXT LVL’s setup is similar to Nightown’s, with split-level floors, a large dance area, a stage and lush seating. NXT LVL will also feature a high-tech LED wall, VIP rooms with personal hostesses and a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system.

The club cut ties with a Miami-based Realtor who said in October that the adjacent Fort Walton Beach Flea Market space would be vacated to make room for a 10,000-square foot restaurant. The flea market will remain open, Love said, and the restaurant, named “Skye Lounge,” has been built in the same building as the club.

The restaurant, which doesn’t have an opening date yet, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily and will be headed up by a New Orleans-based chef.

Love said he plans to have live bands and touring comedians and performers in the club on a weekly basis. The club is also hiring a staff of 80 people, including doormen, bartenders, cocktail servers, hostesses, DJs and restaurant workers.

Love said he knows there’s a lot of buzz about NXT LVL, and hopes people will form their own impressions.

“People have high expectations for this club, and we do as well,” he said. “We’ve been very selective about what pictures we put out there. I want people to make their opinion based off coming here themselves.”