Birmingham’s Star City to close in the shadow of Genting Resorts World

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Thirteen years after the launch of what was once heralded as the future of British casinos, Genting Club Star City, is expected to close in January.

The closure has put more than 200 jobs at risk, although Genting UK is said to be consulting with staff about moving between 50 and 60 support roles from Liverpool to Birmingham.

“We are considering the future of our Star City casino in Birmingham. It operates in the shadow of our Resorts World facility, which offers some of the best leisure facilities in the world including an international casino, hotel and shopping centre,” said a spokesman for the firm.

Star City, which opened in 2003, has seen its business drop off in recent years and has reduced the size of its operation and its entertainment offering.

It has been further hit by the opening of the £150m Genting Resorts World, the latest of the super casinos sanctioned by the British government.

Genting UK opened the sister site at the Resorts World complex next to the NEC Arena, just over a year ago and the company appears keen to focus on the brand new casino. Additionally, it has a ten-year naming rights deal for concert venue the NEC Arena, now rebranded the Genting Arena.