Mecca Bingo to close after 20 years

Date published: 31 May 2022

Mecca Bingo in Rochdale town centre is to close this July after 20 years.

The company has confirmed the club will close on Monday 4 July as the lease on the site is coming to an end.

The staff at Rochdale say they are “We are working on plans to make the next five weeks memorable,” and celebrate the last two decades they have been on Smith Street.

John Dyson, Operations Director at Mecca Bingo, says: “We’re sad to confirm that our Mecca Bingo club on Smith Street, Rochdale will be closing from Monday 4 July 2022.

“Mecca Rochdale has been a part of the local community for over 20 years, and we want to say a huge thank you to every single one of our incredible customers for their loyalty and support – we’ll miss you very much.

“Mecca plays a very special part in communities and has done for over 60 years, bringing people together both in our clubs and online.

“We’re in consultation with our colleagues at the moment and wish them and our customers well for the future.”

In 2017, Rochdale Borough Council purchased the site of Mecca Bingo for £3.6million.

At the time, the council said the purchase would “safeguard the future of these key town centre sites and ensure they complement Rochdale’s ongoing regeneration programme.”

Councillor John Blundell, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Rochdale Borough Council said: “Mecca Bingo have served their break notice and will close in early July, with their lease ending on 22 September this year. We are sorry that Mecca have made this decision and the impact this will have on its many customers. Given the significant regeneration taking place across Rochdale town centre we are currently exploring options for appropriate future uses of the site."

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