The Star City casino in Birmingham looks set to close only 13 years after being heralded as the future of British casinos, much to the disappointment of its regular customers.
Closing the casino, which is expected in January, has put more than 200 jobs at risk, although Genting UK is said to be consulting with staff about moving between 50 and 60 support roles from Liverpool to Birmingham.
A spokesperson for Genting UK said: “Genting UK are constantly reviewing their business to ensure they can offer the best possible facilities to customers and staff in the most efficient way. Earlier this week, we began consultations to relocate support staff from offices in Liverpool to Birmingham where we already have a large support function.
“We are also considering the future of our Star City casino in Birmingham. It operates in the shadow of our Resorts World facility, which offers some of the best leisure facilities in the world including an international casino, hotel and shopping centre. We have begun consultations with our staff and will make a decision in the near future. Our staff remain a priority and there are many opportunities for them in our facilities across the region and our estate nationally.”
The casino, which opened in 2003, has seen business drop off in recent years and has reduced its size and the entertainment it offers. It has been further hit with the opening of the £150 million Genting Resorts World earlier this year, the latest of the so-called “Super Casinos” sanctioned by the British government.
Genting Resorts Birmingham, located near the Genting Arena, formerly the NEC, is Genting’s fifth such branded leisure facility, complementing its portfolio in Malaysia, New York City, Philippines, and Singapore.
It features a cinema, a 178-room four-star hotel, several bars and restaurants, 50 shopping outlets, and a state-of-the-art casino.