Aberdeen casino to close following ‘steep decline’ in sales

Soul Casino issued a statement
Soul Casino issued a statement

The owners of Soul Casino in Aberdeen have announced it is shutting down.

In a statement, Granite Rock Casino Ltd said a “shift” in the city’s entertainment culture and changes to drink-drive legislation have led to a “steep decline” in sales.

The business, on Union Street, has been closed since Sunday.

It is understood the Soul Bar, on the ground floor of the property, will not be affected.

A statement said: “It is with a heavy heart that Granite Rock Casino Ltd can confirm it has made the decision to close the doors of Soul Casino.

“We are proud to have operated Scotland’s only independent, family-owned casino for over 12 years, and this decision was not made lightly.

“The closure comes following a shift in late night entertainment culture in the city, which has seen a significant drop in footfall to the casino.

“Notably, the changes in drink-drive legislation has led to increased caution in customers when drinking in a late night venue, as they may be over the limit the following morning, which has seen a steep decline in wet sales in the venue.

“In addition, the overall economic climate in Aberdeen, coupled with high business rates, has unfortunately made trading no longer sustainable.”