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Post : Tue 26 April 2022
A former music and DVD store in Wrexham could be turned into an adult play center under new proposals.
That’s Entertainment, which was based on Regent Street in the city centre, closed in May 2018.
A request has now been submitted to Wrexham Council by gaming company Merkur Slots to take over the empty unit.
If approved, the site would feature bingo and digital slots, with a focus on low-stakes games and prizes ranging from £5 to £500.
According to planning documents, the new opening will create seven full-time jobs.
It comes after the company previously announced plans to invest more than £10m in high streets across the UK this year.
In a planning statement, Merkur said, “Our sites represent the very best in exciting ‘slot gaming’ entertainment by providing our customers with the latest products and site atmospheres.
“Merkur Casino UK is one of the UK’s largest Adult Gaming Center (AGC) operators.
“AGCs are often, unfortunately, put in the same category as betting shops.
“It’s because there’s a widespread misunderstanding about how AGCs work and who our customers are.”
They added: “Public concern about betting shops was largely due to the presence of fixed odds betting terminals. Our sites do not offer these types of machines.
“Our MCOs are where people come to spend their spare change, play bingo and enjoy their favorite pastime in convenient locations.”
It is proposed that the gaming center be open 24 hours a day, with permission sought for new signs outside to advertise the business.
The company said free refreshments will be provided to customers on site, including tea and coffee, but no alcohol will be sold on site.
He said: ‘Although we are sitting in the leisure area noise levels are very low and limited from our sites
“We are immensely proud of the fact that we have never had a license revoked or even revised.
“Incidents are extremely rare. We just don’t generate noise and anti-social behavior.
A decision will be made on the application by the local authority at a later date.
By Liam Randall – BBC Local Democracy Reporter