A POPULAR casino looks set to close its doors for good this summer.
The News understands Grosvenor Casino in Osborne Road, Southsea, will close on August 9.
It is believed around 50 jobs will be lost as staff are made redundant, although workers will be encouraged to apply for jobs elsewhere in the company.
Grosvenor also has a casino in Gunwharf Quays.
One employee, who didn’t want to be named, said: ‘I feel let down. This casino still makes a profit but because they have another casino in town they will cut overheads and still not lose any business.
‘We will get a week’s pay for every full year we have been with the company up to 10 years.
‘The company always talks about loyalty and how the team are the most important thing in any business.
‘I’m too old to train for something new. I’m not going to apply for a minimum wage job doing the same thing I’ve been doing for years.’
Councillor Hugh Mason is a ward councillor in the area. He said: ‘I regret the closure of anything which brings business to that part of Southsea.
‘It has restaurants and bars and I think the casino, whilst many people objected to it in one way or another, has brought business to Southsea. I think the building has potential for other uses.’
Cllr Linda Symes added that it’s unfortunate and said she fears about the future of the building.
‘It’s had a long history there. They used to have prestigious dinners and weddings and ballroom dancing there.
‘It’s such a great shame. It’s a great piece of Southsea history.
‘It’s beautiful inside. I struggle to see how anyone could convert it. The thought of it being pulled down is horrendous.
‘I think people will go down to Gunwharf. A lot of people do use it and it will be missed but it’s not as valuable as the building would be if that got knocked down.’
Adrian Baker is the regional officer for the GMB union, which represents staff at several casinos across the country.
He said: ‘I will be representing members that work there who require any assistance. It’s a particularly sad day for me because I started in the casino industry at that club.’
The Rank group, which run the casinos, did not respond to calls from The News.