If you’ve ever played at your local Buzz Bingo club, it may come as a disappointment to hear that the chain will be permanently shutting 26 of its popular venues with immediate effect.
While Buzz had to temporarily close the doors of all of its 117 bingo halls on 21st March 2020 due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions on non-essential businesses and entertainment venues, it had been given the green light by the UK government to start reopening them in recent weeks.
The company’s social media team broke the sad news to almost 23,000 of its Facebook followers on Wednesday, 15th July, saying that “it’s with a heavy heart we announce that 26 of our clubs will not be reopening and will be closing permanently. We’re really sad to bring you this news as we know this will be a difficult time for our community and our colleagues”.
A full update from the company’s CEO, Chris Matthews, was posted simultaneously on the Buzz Bingo website, and it explains how this year’s Coronavirus outbreak has had a negative impact on the business.
To help the company “move forward and ensure that we protect its future”, the following 26 clubs will remain permanently closed while Buzz restructures its retail business:
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, and Wythenshawe.
Mr Matthews apologised to the clubs’ customers and acknowledged how such venues have become “part of your community”.
It’s expected that the closures will lead to around 570 staff redundancies.
Buzz Bingo is currently planning to reopen its unaffected venues in phases, beginning on 6th August 2020, and the Buzz Bingo online website continues to operate as normal.
Anyone who has any concerns or queries about the recent announcement is invited to get in touch with Buzz’s customer services team via email or live chat between 10 AM and 10 PM daily.