Gala Bingo has almost 30 clubs, the nearest being Basingstoke, with many betting shops setting up in Andover such as William Hill, Betfred and Coral; will Gala Bingo set up shop in Andover?
Recently there’s been a shift to playing bingo online and there are great offers like the Gala Bingo Bonus Code which caters to online players. With that being said there’s still a massive appetite for playing bingo in physical bingo halls.
However, with hundreds of betting shops closing ‘suddenly’ across the UK, will the Gala bingo hall be sustainable?
William Hill’s decision to shut almost 700 shops may be evidence that Gala Bingo will remain online, rather than moving into the High Street Market.
Many websites are offering promo codes to play Gala Bingo online, another reason that Gala Bingo might not open up a store-front in Andover.
Gala Bingo/Buzz Bingo History
Gala Bingo who was sold in 2015 to Caledonia Investments rebranded ‘Gala Bingo’ into ‘Buzz Bingo’ after the purchase of 126 betting store locations.
Bass bought the 74-bingo chain for £147 million from Granada plc in May 1991. The chain is associated with the Rank Organization for Britain’s biggest bingo operator, in conjunction with Bass’s 91 clubs.
John Murphy of Interbrand selected a hybrid tag, ‘Gala,’ as a simple word that incorporates’ Granada’ and’ Coral’ words. On 17 October 1991, when 17 clubs reconstructed and launching a new photo, GalaBingo was officially launched.
GalaBingo purchased Coral Eurobet in October 2005 for £ 2.18 billion, changing its name to the Gala Coral Group, which made it the third biggest bookmaker and largest bingo player in the United Kingdom.
Gala Bingo’s rebranded ‘Buzz Bingo’ now operates all of the clubs previously on High Street and store locations and launched its own online bingo and casino, buzzbingo.com, following the competition of the rebranding.
More betting shops in Andover?
Many local residents have shared to social media the Andover High Street doesn’t need another, with Coral and other betting shops in the high street.
One took to social media saying, “Another betting shop wouldn’t be ideal, I’d rather have a Primark or home bargains, having it is better than nothing though.”
Although, the shop would employe local residents and bring in many with ‘Bingo’ nights.
But, does having another High Street betting store-front good for Andover?