Buzz Bingo, headquartered in Nottingham, has revealed that 26 of its clubs will not be reopening, and will close permanently in a proposed restructure of its retail business.
While a phased reopening of clubs is planned from 6 August, after closing from 21 March, Coronavirus has had a significant impact on the business and on the entire leisure and hospitality industry. Chris Matthews, CEO of Buzz Bingo, said: “We have therefore had to make some difficult decisions about how we move forward and ensure that we protect the future of Buzz Bingo.”
The closing clubs include sites in 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.
Around 570 jobs are expected to be lost.
Chris Matthews said: “Our Buzz Bingo community means the world to us, and we know how disappointing this news will be – especially for those of our customers who are losing their local club, and of course, our colleagues – we know that we are more than just a club, we are part of your community, and for that, I am really sorry.
“We could never have expected this outcome when we closed our doors on 21st March, but the Coronavirus crisis is a completely one-off event. The decision to restructure our club portfolio is the right way to secure our long-term future and make sure that we can still bring bingo to our customers in the majority of our clubs around the country and online at buzzbingo.com.”