Last bets called at TAB

17:46, Nov 26 2012
TAB closing
Shutting up shop: Pokie machines are removed from the Fitzherbert Ave TAB.

The sound of hoofbeats, the pokies rolling over and punters cheering – or sighing – will be heard no longer from the Fitzherbert Ave TAB, which has shut its doors.

Chairs, signage and pokie machines were wheeled out the door yesterday after the Palmerston North agency shut on Sunday.

The closure was announced last month with the end of the lease and no other suitable location in the area cited as reasons.

TAB spokesman John Mitchell said all staff had moved to work at other locations.

The branch manager moved to Wellington, two people were working as tote operators with racing clubs around the Central Districts while the last staff member  moved to a bar near the former TAB.

There is now only one standalone TAB in Palmerston North – in Terrace End– with all other betting sites located in bars.

Mr Mitchell said there were no immediate plans to open another standalone TAB in Palmerston North.

In 2007, the phone betting centre at the Fitzherbert Ave TAB was closed, with 47 people losing their jobs.

The now-empty building is for lease.


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