It was back in September last year that we first covered the news of a new high street convenience bingo chain set to launch by the Rank Group called Luda Bingo [read more here].
Walsall is where the first Luda Bingo was expected to launch but in November this application was refused. More recently we have heard that a branch will be opening in Dudley too! The Express and Star reported on a former supermarket in the high street becoming the next Luda Bingo.
The bingo hall is expected to launch in the old Select and Save shop, a venue that has been empty for quite some time.
Approval For Luda Bingo
The council’s planning officers received the proposal and on Monday 27th March, these were approved at a meeting of the development control committee.
The investment from the Rank Group, the company behind Mecca Bingo, is said to be just under a million. Paul Derry, who was speaking on behalf of Mecca Bingo, said
The unit has been empty for over four years, which clearly suggests that it’s not a property that is attractive to retailers.
The change of use will see quite an investment into the building, one that has been described as having a negative contribution in a conversation area character appraisal.
Luda Bingo hoping To Appeal To A Younger Generation
Like other Luda Bingo venues set to launch up and down the country, the hope is that these smaller clubs will have an appeal to the younger player.
In addition to utilising an empty venue in Dudley, the new convenience bingo hall is set to create 25 jobs when it opens!