London Clubs International have sensationally pulled out of the race for the large casino license for Leeds and at the same time closed their current casino there with immediate effect.
The Alea Casino in Leeds has ceased trading from Monday 4th March and looks like almost 100 jobs will be lost.
The American owned London Clubs International (LCI) said it was suspending trading at the club from today and withdrawing from the licensing process for a bigger casino being conducted by Leeds City Council.
LCI, which is owned by American casino giant Caesars Entertainment said it had taken the decision “reluctantly.”
It is another blow to the ailing UK arm of Caesars Entertainment which only opened just over 4 years ago, on the website the promise of “Excitement is the name of the game at Alea Leeds. This vibrant entertainment venue combines opulent décor, innovative dining and, of course, all-action gaming.
For all concerned that promise only lasted just over 4 years now and many observers will ask what is the fate of the London Clubs Brand.
Much of last year the owning company was involved in speculation that they were looking for a buyer for the UK business, something they have denied but speculation still continues.
The Clarence Dock development which is home to Alea Leeds has always had difficulties attracting customers since it was built.