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France – SBEC to open a casino in Vannes

By - 16 February 2015

The French Interior Ministry has given the green light for the opening of a new casino on the Morbihanaise coast in Vannes with SBEC, Breton casino operating company, receiving approval to develop the region’s sixth license.

The €10m casino is expected to open in 2017 in the region’s Gulf Park, although a temporary casino will open in the summer in a former concert hall.

The final casino will be built on stilts over three levels, with a green roof terrace. The public will access through a lobby forming an atrium with an airlock giving access to a car park ventilation. The first floor will house 120 slot machines with five table games. The second floor will be devoted to a multipurpose with a capacity for 200 people along with a 50 seat restaurant and a café-brasserie for 80 people. The aim is for 80,000 visitors per year.

The SBEC will operate the casino for 20 years at an annual rent to the City, and the building will revert to the municipality. The city is expected to pocket nearly 800,000 € per year under the casino levy. The temporary casino will house 75 slot machines and is expected to take just four months to develop.

Whilst nearby business owners are delighted, existing casino operators in the region believe the region has already reached saturation point.

Denis Konnert, owner of the nearby aquarium and Spokesperson for Gulf Park, said: “It’s good for the aquarium, the Bay Park and Vannes. This will strengthen the park’s tourism division. The casino will bring additional customers. The aquarium will be very close to the casino and there will surely be a synergy.”

Arnaud Jalaber, Director of Crouesty the casino, said: “This is not good news for us as 20 to 30 per cent of our clientele comes from Vannes. For six casinos to remain on the Morbihan coast will not be easy. We’ll have to adapt our business strategy knowing that we also have competition from casinos in La Baule and Pornichet.”

The 90 km strip of coastline will have casinos in Larmor-Plage, Quiberon, La Trinité-sur-Mer, Carnac, Vannes and Arzon.

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