Queen Beatrix attends opening of renovated Flora building in Boskoop (Holland) – Home to the new Merkur Casino

Gauselmann Group subsidiary present with a further Entertainment Centre in the Netherlands

Queen Beatrix opened the curtain of the Flora theatre together with theatre director Elisabeth Looren de Jong during the official opening of the Flora building.
Queen Beatrix opened the curtain of the Flora theatre together with theatre director Elisabeth Looren de Jong during the official opening of the Flora building.
Boskoop/Espelkamp. Merkur Casino, a subsidiary of the Gauselmann Group with headquarters in Germany’s Eastern Westphalia, has opened a new arcade in a very special building in Boskoop in Holland: A new leisure entertainment centre of the Gauselmann Group was opened on 31st August in the Flora building – a cultural monument that originates from 1935. Queen Beatrix attended the official opening of the entire building compex.

The town of Boskoop is situated in south Holland and lends its name to the apple of the same name. Thus, Boskoop is well known for tree nurseries and market gardens. The Flora building was also originally used for horticultural shows. Several years ago the entrepreneurs Cees Verweij and Jan Looren de Jong took the initiative and began to extensively restore the building. Alongside the Merkur Casino there is a theatre and several bars and restaurants. The ensemble will surely draw in the crowds from Boskoop and surrounding areas.

The new Merkur Casino branch offers guests first-rate entertainment in stylish atmosphere over an area of 400m². Two roulette tables and almost 70 ultra-modern AWP’s ensure real gaming fun. The complete staff along with branch manager Ronald Girjasing provide for excellent customer service so that guests feel right at home in the new Merkur Casino.

A new Merkur Casino has also moved into the restored Flora building in Boskoop (Holland).
A new Merkur Casino has also moved into the restored Flora building in Boskoop (Holland).
Cees Verweij and Jan Looren de Jong greeted 120 invited guests at the official opening ceremony. A great turnout by the locals of Boskoop saw Queen Beatrix arrive alongside a court lady. She was accompanied into the Flora theatre by the lord mayor Coos Rijsdijk. The lord mayor emphasised in his welcome address the great appreciation due for the initiators Jan Looren de Jong and Cees Verweij for restoring and re-opening the Flora building. Queen Beatrix opened the curtain of the Flora theatre for the first time. The theatre was inaugurated in style with a documentary and musical renditions around the past, present and future of the Flora building. This included a stage play that was written specifically for the opening and was performed for the first time by the actor Jochem Bosselaer and the ensemble ‘La Gaite’.

Queen Beatrix then made time for discussions in the rosarium – the Flora building’s rose garden – for people who have played a major role in maintaining this special garden. A delegation of 20 people – which also included the management of the Dutch regional head office of Merkur Casino GmbH – was allowed to be present from the patio during these discussions. At the end Queen Beatrix was given a small token of appreciation with the book ‘Flora, more than just a building’ (‘Flora, meer dan een gebouw’).