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Bid for Preston’s first casino could create 140 new jobs

CASINO PROPOSAL: The former Fives building on Guildhall Street, Preston

CASINO PROPOSAL: The former Fives building on Guildhall Street, Preston

Up to 140 jobs would be created if plans to open a casino in Preston are successful.

Detailed plans to transform the former Fives bar building in Guildhall Street have been now submitted and the people behind the plan say as well as creating jobs they aim to ‘revitalise’ the city centre nightlife.

As previously reported by the Evening Post a team assembled by Edgar Wallace, owner of the building, is working with the National Casino Industry Forum (NCiF) to win the city a licence for casino gambling.

Meanwhile a planning application to change the building from a bar into a casino has been put forward.

A design brief submitted to Preston Council says the plans would 
‘secure’ the long term future of Fives, and ensure the building is financially 
sustainable and help to ‘revitalise’ the city centre’s nightlife.

The venture would employ 120 full time members of staff and 20 part time members of staff.

It is also proposed that the venue be open from noon until 4.30am seven days a week.

The application adds: “There are no proposed works or improvements proposed as part of the Change of Use of application. The reopening of the building is a positive impact on the heritage of the building, bringing it back into use and sustainably maintaining it.”

In the application Mr Wallace said: “I will be leasing the building out and I’m in negotiations with a potential tenant who will run the building as an evening leisure and entertainment venue. We hope very soon to be able to bring this impressive and ornate building back into use and to boosting Preston’s night time economy.”

Graham Parr, who is advising Mr Wallace, added: “We believe that a casino is a fantastic facility for Preston.”

A decision on the plans will be made in the coming months.

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