A SIGN OF THE TIMES: Regulars were greeted with a notice of closure this week.
A SIGN OF THE TIMES: Regulars were greeted with a notice of closure this week. Bianca Hrovat

NO ONE TO PICK UP THE TAB: Warwick TAB closes

A WARWICK institution shut its doors today as punters place their final bets at the Grafton St TAB.

News that today would be the final day of trading surprised residents who had come to see the decades-old gaming room as a hassle-free place to make a wager.

Nathan Costello grew up around the TAB, watching his parents present a friendly face and fast service to their customers before they finally retired a few years ago.

"My parents were there my whole life,” he said.

"I became friends with a lot of the customers.

"It was a friendly environment.”

Horse & Jockey manager Benita Kelly said it was sad to see their competitor shut up shop.

"It's never good when a business in town closes down,” she said.

"It's sad for their regulars because a lot of them aren't drinkers so they don't like to come into a place with a bar.

"They just want to walk in and get straight to it.”

Ms Kelly said online gaming could have been a contributing factor, as it was steadily gaining popularity and "taking over a little bit.”

Nevertheless, Ms Kelly was confident gaming venues would continue to thrive because of the feelings of community it fostered.

"We help them cheer on their horse and give them a bit of luck,” she said.

"It's good fun.”

TAB outlets will continue to provide betting services at the Warwick RSL, Horse & Jockey, Condamine Sports Club and Criterion Hotel.

TAB declined to comment on the decision to close the doors.



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