A BINGO firm has confirmed what happened to one of its halls formerly based in Bradford Interchange.

Buzz Bingo Bradford City has been closed "for a while" following "significant building safety issues".

The £8.5 million scheme to repair the bus carriageway at Bradford Interchange began in October and is set to last for 18 months.

The existing carriageways, which sit above the bingo hall, were said to be “deteriorating”.

Buzz Bingo say the building is deemed "not safe for use" and they do not see the club reopening.

A spokesperson from the business said: "Buzz Bingo Bradford City has been closed for a while due to significant building safety issues.

"On discussion with the landlord, the building was deemed not safe for use.

"We, therefore, do not anticipate the club reopening."

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It comes after Buzz Bingo Keighley was named as one of the nine clubs facing closure nationwide due to the ongoing and challenging operating environment.

The closure will potentially impact 14 colleagues in the club which is located on Alice Street.

In total, 151 of Buzz’s 2,456 colleagues across its 91 clubs will be affected.

The Keighley club will close on April 10, but the one on Tong Street, Bradford, will remain open. 

Buzz Bingo say they are committed to supporting the staff at this difficult time. 

The management believes the proposed closures provide the best possible outcome for all of Buzz Bingo’s stakeholders.

Dominic Mansour, Chief Executive of Buzz Bingo, said: "In common with the entire leisure and hospitality sector, Buzz Bingo has failed to see customers return to the high street in the same numbers as before the pandemic.

"This, coupled with a squeeze on family finances brought about by rising inflation and energy prices alongside a jump in our own operating costs means we have no real option other than to cease trading in nine of our locations.

"These closures will, very sadly, impact a number of our colleagues and so our priority is to support all those affected and to do everything we can to minimise job losses.

"I personally want to thank them for their commitment and service to Buzz.

"Believe me, no one wants to make the call to close clubs.

"However, it is my belief that it’s these decisions that will allow us to restructure the business for long-term growth and to protect the livelihoods of our colleagues for the long run."