Buzz Bingo to Close 26 bingo halls


July 15, 2020

Buzz Bingo has said it will permanently close 26 of its bingo halls, putting 573 jobs at risk. However, the Morecambe brand currently remains unaffected by these closures.

The company said the move is part of a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) restructuring deal to secure its long-term future.

Clubs identified for closure are:

  • Antelope Park
  • Banbury
  • Boston
  • Bournemouth
  • Bridlington
  • Carlisle
  • Chatham
  • Chorley
  • Cramlington
  • Derby Foresters
  • Edinburgh Westerhailes
  • Harpurhey
  • Hereford
  • Kilmarnock
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxford Kassam
  • Salford
  • Salisbury
  • Stockland Green
  • Tamworth
  • Wednesbury
  • Weymouth
  • Wigan Robin Park
  • Wolverhampton
  • Worcester
  • Wythenshawe

From a statement released on BuzzBingo.com (http://orlo.uk/reujs) Buzz Bingo said that 91 of its clubs will continue to trade, with plans to start reopening these sites from August 6.

Chris Matthews, chief executive of Buzz Bingo, said: "The ongoing pandemic has had far-reaching consequences for the entire leisure and hospitality sector and an immediate and significant impact on our business.

"Following a thorough review of our options, the proposed CVA will restructure our retail portfolio to ensure we are well positioned for a return to growth, while adapting to the ongoing, challenging environment as we start to reopen the majority of our clubs."

He added: "The restructure will, very sadly, impact a number of our colleagues and my priority is to support all those affected and keep them fully informed as we continue with this process.

"I would like to thank every single one of our colleagues for their continued understanding and commitment over this period."

Ahead of the Government’s lockdown, Buzz Bingo temporarily closed all of its clubs to ensure the safety of staff and customers.

Earlier this month it announced its plans to start reopening - with 12 sites set to start welcoming customers again from August 6: Aldershot; Coventry Savoy; Derby City; Enfield; Feltham; Fenton; Gloucester; Leicester; Lordshill; Nottingham Top Valley; Swindon and Tooting.

Buzz Bingo has a branch on Marine Road East, there has been no information to suggest this branch will be effected by the closures listed above.