The Victoria Gate Casino, established by Global Gaming Ventures (GGV), has been granted a provisional statement by Leeds City Council, with the opportunity to apply for a large casino premises license in due course.
Councillor Graham Hyde, chair of the licensing committee said: “Following a detailed consideration of each applicants’ proposal, the licensing committee decided to award the licence to Global Gaming Ventures as it was determined that their proposal would bring greatest benefit to the city.
“GGV’s proposal will provide a major boost to the local economy. The leisure economy already attracts thousands of visitors to Leeds, and this new large casino at Victoria Gate will add an extra dimension to the existing popular attractions in the city.
“With GGV committed to create at least 205 new jobs and providing significant payments for the council to establish a social inclusion fund, the award of the licence will allow the council to invest in activities that support the city’s social and economic inclusion agenda.”
The 50,000 sq ft casino will create jobs for at least 205 full time staff, with a commitment made that 90% of roles will be filled by Leeds City Region residents, as well as 10 apprentice opportunities.
With a capacity of 1,400 the Victoria Gate Casino will feature wall-to-wall screens which will show a range of sports, a restaurant, function space and two bars, as well as one of the biggest poker rooms in the country.
Other gaming opportunities will include 24 gaming tables 140 slot machines and 80 electronic table games.
Andrew Herd, chief executive of Global Gaming Ventures, the developer of the Victoria Gate Casino, said: “This is a unique venue on a grand scale unlike anything seen before in the north of England and we are delighted to be unveiling our name, our look and our first employees.
“Although this is a venue in the heart of Leeds, staffed by people from the city, our customers will not just be Leeds-based – evidence shows us that a venue like a super casino attracts visitors from the region and beyond, bringing investment into the area.
“We are committed to providing jobs for more than 180 local people, training for 50 staff, plus apprenticeships and a graduate scheme.
“It’s not just the scale, location and stylishness that makes the venue distinctive, what’s also different is that, unlike most casinos in the north of England, guests will be able to simply walk in as you would any other leisure venue and enjoy a meal, a drink, watch the big game and relax.
“We are creating a fantastic venue in the heart of the city and adding another new and exciting destination to the city’s great line up of entertainment venues.”
Robin Dobson, director of Retail Development at Hammerson, commented: “The Victoria Gate Casino is set to provide a valuable boost for the local economy with the creation of more than 200 jobs, something that the Victoria Gate team is passionate about.
"We're looking forward to welcoming the casino later this year to enjoy the mixed entertainment offer that it will add to Leeds’ new leading retail, dining and leisure destination."
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