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UK – Casino 36 given green light to expand

By - 16 December 2015

Casino 36 has been given the green light in its bid to expand its existing casino in Wolverhampton the local council approving the £4m extension.

It will bring 100 extra jobs to the enlarged casino, which will expand into the neighbouring building formerly the Dorchester/Beach nightclub. It will be completed by next year.

Wolverhampton council deputy leader, Councillor Peter Bilson, said: “This project brings a significant number of jobs to Wolverhampton. It will kick-start regeneration on Southside and will prove a real asset to this area of city.”

Casino 36 Group Manager Craig Dobson remarked: “Regeneration in Wolverhampton is steaming ahead and we are delighted to be playing a part in helping rejuvenate the city centre. We are now at the stage in our project to start recruiting for the 100 jobs the small casino brings, and being able to draw on the council’s experience in this area to help fill these positions is extremely helpful.”

An initial 15 trainee croupiers have recently been taken on and are currently undergoing training with The National Gaming Academy.
The Wolverhampton casino will then apply for the ‘small’ licence available for Wolverhampton, which would allow it to operate maximum of 80 gaming machines. The small licence for Wolverhampton is one of many forgotten licences issued by the British government. Wolverhampton Racecourse has already pulled out of the race for the licence, ending plans to open the country’s first ‘racino’ and with no other parties seemingly interested in a new project, Casino 36 should get its dream.

Adrian Ballard, a Director at Casino 36, said: “There will be something for everyone with non-gambling areas including a high class restaurant, sports bar and darts, pool and snooker. The casino would open for 24 hours. This would be a massive expansion of what we already do there. This will really benefit the night-time economy of Wolverhampton. It will have a lot more than your average casino. This will be a premier landmark venue for Wolverhampton city centre within the Southside regeneration area.”

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