Grosvenor Casino bosses plan to stick with current venue
CASINO bosses in Swansea have denied rumours of a planned move.
The city's Grosvenor Casino in High Street had been linked to a move to the now empty site of the former Aspers casino in Wind Street.
But a spokeswoman for the venue has said the rumours are false and categorically denied any suggestion of a move from its current location.
Grosvenor Casinos has also re-iterated its intention to invest in its city centre site.
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A spokeswoman for Grosvenor Casinos said: "We constantly review available premises and are aware that the Aspers site is currently available. However, at the moment we have no plans to move and we are investing further in the existing Grosvenor Casino in Swansea."
Aspers closed at the end of last month after five years of business in the city.
The closure affected a total of 80 staff with 20 being redeployed to Aspers's sister site at Westfield Stratford City in London.
A total of 60 people lost their jobs after the casino closed following a statement from the parent firm claiming the business was no longer financially viable.
At the time, Tony Irving, general manager of Grosvenor Casino, Swansea, said: "The Grosvenor Casino chain is thriving because we take great care to listen to customers and constantly refine our clubs to meet their changing needs.
"With the range of entertainment options available in modern society it is vital for us to be ahead of trends, introducing new gaming formats such as electronic roulette, plus making sure that our team gives visitors the best welcome in town.
"We have a team of 80 and we are hoping that some of the local Aspers team will apply to us for jobs when their club closes."
Shortly after Aspers closed its venue, which ran between Wind Street and York Street in Swansea, the premises was also the centre of rumours of a possible move by nightclub Oceana.
The vast club in The Kingsway was rumoured to be considering moving from its current location to the empty Aspers unit.
Oceana parent company Luminar also denied this suggestion and, at the time, a spokesman said: "We are really pleased with how Oceana has come on in the past few months.
"We are looking forward to the students coming back in the next few weeks.
"There is no plan to move to Wind Street at all."
The Kingsway venue featured on Channel Four documentary Undercover Boss earlier this year when Luminar chief executive Peter Marks swapped his seat in the boardroom for a few days at grass roots level in the city centre club.
At the time a spokesman for Luminar said the company was negotiating over rent with the landlords of its venue in Swansea, which has five themed bars, two club rooms and the capacity for 3,000 customers.
Oceana will host the South Wales Evening Post's Strictly Swansea dancing event in aid of a variety of good causes on Sunday, October 7.
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