SUISUN CITY — The Fairfield-Suisun area will get a bingo hall back as early as October as work on the facility in the Marina Shopping Center, which will house Blue Devils Bingo, nears completion.
“We are now projecting to open in the beginning of October,” said Bret Rios, operations director for Blue Devils Performing Arts.
The addition of the Blue Devil’s bingo facility also means that 70 percent of the Marina Shopping Center will be leased out, according to Claude Pellarin of Redwood City-based Pellarin Enterprises.
“We are slowly chipping away at it,” Pellarin said of the shopping center’s shrinking number of vacant storefronts that included the arrival of Apex Motorsport in May and the expected arrival of a new convenience store later this year.
Earlier this year, the Suisun City Council approved a one-year license with the Concord-based Blue Devils Performing Arts to run the bingo center in the Marina Shopping Center.
The Blue Devils had hoped to open the doors here in August, “but there were a few things that held us up,” Rios said.
The center will consist of a main bingo hall that can hold up to 300 people, a smaller room for drop-in bingo that will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week, and a Subway restaurant franchise. The main hall with feature digital equipment and high-definition TVs.
Rios said that the main center will initially offer bingo n Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The number of bingo nights will increase as demand increases. The Blue Devils will have revenue-sharing agreements with whatever local nonprofits are picked to assist in running the bingo sessions.
“We are working with several groups, but have not selected any yet,” Rios said.
Whoever gets tapped to help run the bingo nights will depend on how much direct benefit they have to Suisun City residents and students, Rios said.
Pellarin and other tenants of the shopping center have said they are looking forward to their new neighbor because the bingo center will bring in more customers who may also patronize their businesses.
The Concord-based Blue Devils have run their current bingo center in Contra Costa County for more than 32 years to support local nonprofits there – as well as the Winter Guard, Diablo Wind Symphony and Drum & Bugle Corps, all of which the organization runs.
Such a center here would fill in the void left when a bingo center in Fairfield closed more than four years ago, forcing the groups that used it to move to Vacaville’s bingo center or find other ways to raise money.
For more information about the Blue Devils bingo, go to www.bdbingo.org.
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