DOZENS of jobs face the axe after a Huddersfield casino shut its doors for a second time.
Casino Red confirmed it has ceased trading at its lavish premises in Northumberland Street.
The gambling firm – allied with an online service – had been operating out of the premises since October 2010, when it re-opened two years after shutting for the first time.
Now the casino is again shut.
Calls to the company were answered by a man who said: “Yes it’s true, we have ceased trading in Huddersfield.”
He refused to elaborate on the reasons or on plans for the building.
The company website – which billed Casino Red as Yorkshire’s best – links through to the 32Red online gambling company.
But one former Casino Red employee said: “It is no surprise.
“If they had managed to make a go of it the first time around it could have been a success, but after it shut down in 2008 they never got the customers back.”
It is believed up to 30 people were still working at Casino Red up to this weekend, although when it re-opened back in 2010 there were 60 staff.
They worked on the gambling floors, in the kitchens and behind the bar.
The former employee said: “It is a shame because it is a beautiful building that had been lavishly refurbished.
“A friend of mine who was working there up to the weekend got in touch to tell me the news and it came as no surprise.
“The people who did go there had a good time but there was not enough custom.”
Casino Red originally launched its £5m Northumberland Street venue in November 2008.
But just eight weeks later it closed amid financial difficulties leaving staff and customers in the dark.
In 2010 the casino, housed in the grade II listed former Princess Cinema, re-launched after its owners secured new finance.
Bosses then said: “It certainly won’t be closing down after eight weeks – we’re going to make it a success.”
VIP guests at the first launch were welcomed to the opening event with champagne and canapes and entertainment from stilt walkers and fire performers.
But just eights weeks later, the venue – which also included a restaurant and three bars – was closed and employees including croupiers, bar and restaurant staff were put out of work.
They were told that the casino had to suspend trading for 30 days to try and secure extra investment after banks withdrew some of its funding.
Casino Red had offices in Macclesfield, Cheshire, but the only contact was via the Huddersfield casino.
The Northumberland Street building has had a chequered history since closing as a cinema more than 30 years ago.
It was used as a nightclub and a restaurant before Casino Red invested £5m in restoring the building and its major features, including a domed ceiling and sweeping balcony, and installing gaming tables for blackjack, roulette and poker as well as slot machines.