The leisure business reopening date of May 17th is just around the corner, but time appears to have run out for yet another UK bingo hall.
According to the official Facebook account for Mecca Bingo in Rotherham, the club “will be closing permanently”, although the team says that the announcement is made “with a very heavy heart”.
They have also thanked the staff and “wonderful customers” that the Corporation Street venue has benefitted from over the years, as well as “the great memories we’ve made together”.
Not re-opening after lockdown
It’s believed that the lease on the 26,000 square foot venue is due to expire this year, although it is not known whether this is the reason why Mecca Bingo has decided not to re-open the club on May 17th.
The closure is more likely due to the ongoing impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many entertainment venues and, in particular, the land-based bingo industry.
Mecca Bingo has already closed three other bingo halls in recent months (N.B., Bedford, York and Southport) while some of its competitors have taken similar action such as Beacon Bingo which has shut its Loughborough branch and Buzz Bingo which has called time on its Wolverhampton venue.
The owner of Mecca Bingo, The Rank Group, has suffered heavy losses throughout the pandemic, and its year-on-year revenue for July to December 2020 fell by over 55%.
However, just last month, Rank’s CEO, John O’Reilly said that the company was “very much looking forward to reopening our casino and bingo venues”, with extra safety measures put in place to make their customers feel secure.
Players who are affected by the Mecca Bingo Rotherham closure are invited to visit the brand’s Sheffield club instead when it reopens on 17th May. There is also the option to play at Buzz Bingo in Aldwarke Lane, Rotherham.