In 2021, the Gauselmann Group took over the casino locations from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Associated with the takeover was the approval to increase the number of casinos to up to six locations.
Following the successful integration and realignment of the existing casinos in Aachen, Bad Oeynhausen, Dortmund-Hohensyburg and Duisburg, a first new casino location was opened in Monheim am Rhein in March 2023.
After a lengthy evaluation and planning process, the East Westphalian family-owned company Gauselmann has chosen Siegburg as the location of its sixth Merkur casino in North Rhine-Westphalia. The negotiations and site reviews that began in spring 2023 on the basis of a Letter of Intent (LoI) jointly signed by Mayor Stefan Rosemann and Gauselmann board member Dieter Kuhlmann have now led to success. The Gauselmann Group chose a municipal plot of land in the Zange II industrial park. The location offers an optimal connection to the national road network and thus ideal accessibility for the guests expected from all over the region.
Mayor Stefan Rosemann is pleased for the city of Siegburg: “We have done everything possible on the part of the administration to be able to offer the Gauselmann Group in Siegburg an optimal location. At the request of the company, we examined various options. We are pleased that we have now been able to offer such an attractive property. I am also grateful for the broad political support that has accompanied the process from the outset across party lines. With the establishment of the Merkur Casino, the city offers another attraction for visitors from all over the region, new jobs subject to social security contributions will be created and, of course, the income from the casino tax will also help to finance important tasks of the city for its citizens.”
Dieter Kuhlmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Gauselmann Group responsible for gaming operations, is pleased that the city of Siegburg has been identified as a perfect casino location. “Shortly after the takeovers of the NRW casinos, we began analysing and evaluating suitable casino locations. Due to its ideal location and excellent accessibility, we included Siegburg in our circle of favorites very early on. These good framework conditions, which fit perfectly with our catalogue of requirements for a location, as well as the great support of the political committees and the administration, quickly convinced us that Siegburg is predestined as a casino location.”
One of the most modern casinos will now be built on a total area of around 3,000 square metres in the Zange II industrial park. In addition to about 250 gaming machines of the latest generation, including various jackpot systems, ten gaming tables for roulette, blackjack and poker are also planned as classic games. First-class service as well as exceptional gastronomic offerings will round off the offer and ensure that the characteristic Merkur service can also be experienced in the future Merkur Casino Siegburg.
Around 4.4 million people can reach the new casino location Siegburg in a journey time of 45 minutes. “In the first year, we expect 144,000 visits,” says Dieter Kuhlmann, adding: “We are currently planning around 100 to 120 employees who will take care of the comprehensive operation of the casino.”
But before we can get started, there are still some important questions to be clarified and decisions to be made. A first challenge is to develop the property, which is currently still a cornfield in the planning flood plain of the Sieg. For this purpose, among other things, the property must be filled with extensive masses of earth for flood protection reasons. The start of the earthworks is planned for the beginning of December. The city council must also be involved in the negotiations on the sale of the municipal land on Tongs II. The project will be discussed at the Council meeting on 11 December 2023. In 2024, it is important to speed up the necessary planning and approval procedures so that the opening planned for the second half of 2025 can be celebrated.
Mayor Stefan Rosemann is optimistic: “All those involved are aware that there are still numerous tasks to be completed before the Merkur Casino in Siegburg can open its doors. This also includes the city and companies taking joint measures for the protection of minors and players.” In Siegburg, for example, the gaming operations of a casino, which are very strictly regulated by state supervision, will be flanked by appropriate counselling and prevention services. This is already well-practiced practice at other Merkur Casino locations. “In recent months, we have shown that administration and politics can achieve good results together with the company. I am sure that we will be able to quickly lead the process that has now been started to a good result for Siegburg,” says Mayor Rosemann confidently.
Caption: Dieter Kuhlmann (left), CEO of the Gauselmann Group, and Stefan Rosemann, Mayor of the City of Siegburg, are pleased with the new casino location.