On Tuesday, 15 October, Club 3000 took ownership of the Mecca Bingo hall in Ipswich.
Located on Lloyds Avenue, the clubhouse is one of 5 Mecca Bingo venues taken over simultaneously by UK Club 3000.
No jobs were lost whatsoever, nor are any jobs expected as a result of the transition.
Instead, in a strong attempt to offer a seamless experience for customers, employees transferred from Mecca Bingo to Club 3000 together with the venue.
“We are delighted to be taking over the Mecca Bingo club in Ipswich,” said Brian Fraser, Club 3000’s founder. “This is a great business to add to our current portfolio of 19 clubs. We look forward to welcoming customers and colleagues to the Club 3000 family.”
Ali Strickland, general manager for Mecca Bingo, echoed that sentiment:
“The transition is a great opportunity for staff and players to experience all the enjoyment of the game with different operators.”
Another spokesperson for Club 3000 said: “The new venue will continue to offer something for everyone – both frequent bingo lovers and new players.”
This isn’t the first time the venue changed hands. Before it became a Mecca Bingo hall, it operated as the local Odeon cinema for decades.
As such, the site holds many fond memories even for locals who don’t play bingo.