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ABC Bingo Facility to Close Down Business Due to Declining Revenues

It was announced on February 22, 2007, that after 20 years of existence, the ABC Bingo Hall located in Mapleview, will close down their business and have their last bingo game on Monday. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Minnesota chapter, one of the reasons why the bingo hall will be closing is that the profits they are earning per game are sliding down.

The ABC Bingo Hall is the lone bingo hall of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, but the Society also operates pull-tab stores throughout the state and some bingo games in other places, according to Holly Anderson, the NMSS's Vice-President for Marketing and Communications. The Bingo operation in Mapleview has one employee that works full-time and about 17 part time employees working in the bingo hall, according to Anderson.

For those of age 18 and up, the ABC Bingo Hall has bingo games from Monday through Thursday. They also sell pull-tab games and a concession stand. Regarding the closure, Anderson said that in the past years they have seen a serious decline in the customers that are playing in their bingo hall and the general interest in the game, both of which have had quite an impact on their revenue.

In addition, Anderson stated that the opening of the Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa has also contributed to the decline in their profits. She further commented that the interest of the playing public in bingo has declined over the years because of the casinos and lottery games in the state.


Monday, April 30, 2007
Karen Jacobs

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