A Leeds casino complex has suddenly closed putting 99 jobs at risk. The Alea complex, run by London Clubs International, LCI, has been trading at Clarence Docks in Leeds since 2008 but has said that trading conditions have led to the closure.
The company is hoping to be able to find alternative employment for some of their employees as they have 9 other casinos in the UK, but admits that in the current market conditions this will not be easy.
Also affected by the closure of the waterside development are 2 restaurants; The Bird, which was run by Michelin starred chef Vineet Bhatia and Leeds Kitchen, run by popular celebrity chef James Martin. These will sadly add to the other empty buildings in the complex.
London Clubs International was one of the bidders to run a major casino in Leeds but they have also pulled out of that process. Leeds was one of 8 cities that were chosen by the government to host a large casino but even though this decision was taken almost 5 years ago no decisions as to venue or company has yet been announced. LCI decided to withdraw from the application process as they felt that Leeds council were looking for a new site for their proposed new casino rather than an existing site, which helped prompt the Alea closure.