Merkur has chosen Scotland to open its first casino in the UK, after completing the acquisition of an existing venue in Aberdeen. Its purchase of Rainbow Casino on Summer Street has been hailed as a milestone for the group and will safeguard around 40 jobs in the local area.
The casino is still in full operation and will officially reopen to the public on June 23. Merkur already runs 225 bingo and gaming centres across the UK.
Mark Schertle, chief operating officer for Merkur Casino UK, said: “We’re really excited to be opening our first casino venue in the UK and what better place to choose than Aberdeen. The city has a vibrant night-time economy, provides the perfect location to launch this new arm of our business and will successfully complement our portfolio of over 225 high street bingo and adult gaming centres across the UK.
“It will also be a welcome addition to our existing Merkur Slots venue on Union Street in Aberdeen, safeguard jobs and reinforce our continued investment in the local high street.