Gambling bosses in Southport have cashed in their chips and permanently closed down the town’s largest casino.
Genting Casinos, a Malaysian run gambling chain, have announced that the promenade based Casino will now permanently close, having been impacted majorly by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Bosses sent texts to members today to say that while the site would close, others including Liverpool would likely remain open and membership will be transferred online where the business continues.
The text sent to members today read: “We are sorry to announce that Genting Casino Southport has permanently closed due to the pressures of pandemic over the past year.
“Your membership & points are valid at any of our other Genting Casinos when we re-open or play with us online. We hope to see you soon.”
Almost 40 jobs are at risk with the closure.
The Genting Casino Southport website reads: “Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close Genting Casino Southport as a result of the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic to the business over the last year. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their loyalty and our staff for all their hard work.”
GenM said: “We can confirm that we have started a consultation process with all of our staff at Genting Casino Southport, with 38 employees being put at risk of redundancy. As we all know, the coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges right across the leisure industry and whilst we have worked tirelessly over the past ten months to sustain the business as best as possible, permanent club closures have, unfortunately, been simply unavoidable.”
“We know what difficult news this will be for all of our hard-working colleagues in Southport and will do everything we can to support them at this challenging time.”