Grosvenor casino to open in New Brighton

Plans to open a new casino within Neptune Developments' second phase of development in New Brighton have been announced.

The casino will occupy 24,000 sq ft at ground and first floor levels at Marine Point, which is the new name for the second phase of Neptune's scheme.

The casino will be operated by Grosvenor, which has agreed a 25 year lease at Marine Point, under the G Casino brand. The cost of rent was not disclosed.

Rob Mason, development director at Neptune, said: "We are very pleased that Grosvenor has decided to come to Marine Point. It reflects the confidence they have in our development and in this area.

"Their commitment to New Brighton and the positive interest we have from a number of leading restaurant operators shows the appeal of New Brighton and the strength of the Marine Point leisure destination."

"The casino will complement the mix of tenants within the development, which will further increase the development's appeal to people from within the Wirral and further afield."

The smaller first phase of the £65m scheme was completed in 2008 and included the refurbished 800-seat Floral Pavilion and Conference Centre.

The second phase includes a new Morrison's supermarket, a 66-bed Travelodge hotel, and a digital cinema known as The Light.

Neptune will hand over the hotel to Travelodge at the end of June and it is expected to open to the public in the summer this year.

The Morrison's supermarket and The Light cinema are both due to open in October 2011.

A £24m funding deal was signed between Neptune Wirral Limited and HSBC Corporate Banking North West in May last year to help complete work on the second phase of the New Brighton redevelopment.

Neptune Wirral is a purpose vehicle company set up between its chairman Peter Hynd and HSBC and separate to Neptune Developments which is delivering the scheme.

Developers Neptune said it is currently negotiating with several restaurant operators to take space at the development but did not disclose any names.

The new casino is expected to open in spring 2012.

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