Buzz Bingo To Close 26 Bingo Clubs
Article Updated On 16th July 2020
Buzz Bingo have announced that they intend to close 26 of their 117 bingo halls. The announcement is part of Company Voluntary Arrangement that the owners, Buzz Group Ltd, say will secure the company's long terms future. The 91 other clubs will start to reopen from August 6th. However with the company acknowledging that it will take time to build up footfall back to pre-covid levels, these closures may be the tip of the iceberg.
According to a statement made on the Buzz Group Limited website the following sites are expected to close: Chatham, Salford, Salisbury, Antelope Park, Banbury, Boston, Bournemouth, Bridlington, Carlisle, Chorley, Cramlington, Derby Foresters, Edinburgh Westerhailes, Harpurhey, Hereford, Kilmarnock, Milton Keynes, Oxford Kassam, Stockland Green, Tamworth, Wednesbury, Weymouth, Wigan Robin Park, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Wythenshawe. These closures potentially will result in the loss of over 500 jobs.
We're speculating that these venues were not doing exceptionally well before the covid crisis. It may well be that they would have closed at some point in the future but Buzz, as with a number of other retailers, have been forced to act due to the exceptional circumstances. Of course that's not great for visitors to these clubs or the staff that worked there, but in many ways the current situation has forced many into a reality check. It's also not great for the venues, especially those with history.
For example Chatham, according to Kent Online, has had a chequered history. Originally a Ritz Cinema the current Chatham Buzz Bingo venue has been run by EMI, Star, Coral and Gala. However the current hall was built on the site of the original building that was sadly destroyed during a fire and a subsequent scaffolding collapse during 1998. What will happen to the building now is unknown but it's days as a bingo venue are probably at an end.
The Buzz Continues
These closures are not the end of Buzz Bingo but it is going to be a long road in getting the other 91 clubs back to pre-covid levels. The first 12 clubs are due to open on the 6th August with social distancing measures in place. The others will then be re-opened in stages hopefully ironing out any issues along the way. If you're keen to see your Buzz Bingo Club remain open then do try and support it. Keep an eye on Buzz Bingo for re-opening times.
The Buzz however does continue online. With it's no wagering policy, exclusive games and numerous promotions Buzz has rapidly become one of The UK's best online destinations. They're also one of the most proactive brands with continued innovation and additions to the site. This week for example they've just added Slot Tournaments to their roster. They will hold one Slots Tournament each hour, on the hour from midday to midnight, every Wednesday!
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