Bingo club’s number is up as closure looms

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A BINGO club in Sheffield is the latest victim of the economic crisis as it is set to close next month – affecting 37 staff.

Mecca Bingo, off Penistone Road, Upperthorpe, is expected to shut on April 8 as it is not ‘making any money’.

The club says a consultation is taking place with employees but the intention is to close on or around that date.

A spokesman for Mecca said: “Basically the site is just not commercially viable any more.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly but it is losing money.”

It is hoped staff could move to another Mecca branch on Flat Street, Sheffield city centre, or find employment in the firm’s G Casino on Duchess Road, Highfield, instead of losing their jobs.

Workers were told the news to close last week.

The spokesman added: “We will make every effort to try and relocate staff in other posts within the group.”

The club has been open at its purpose-built site off Penistone Road since 1997.

On an average week there have been 1,300 people visiting, said Mecca.

Disappointed members have already been informed by letter that the club would close in a ‘difficult decision’.

Former worker Hedley Bishop said: “I think it is sad for some of the customers, some people go there most days. It is a community for some people, a place to meet others and get out of the house.”

The spokesman added: “We would hope that the members will come to our Flat Street site instead.

“We must stress that we don’t take these decisions lightly but the club is not commercially viable.”

The consultation is expected to end at the beginning of April before the club closes its doors for the last time.

Over the next few weeks the club is open as normal.