The Catawba Nation announced ongoing work to expand the capacity of their pre-launch casino located at Kings Mountain off Interstate 85.
According to a press release issued by project consultant Delaware North, the Catawba Tribe is expanding their North Carolina gambling facility because of th “overwhelming success” they have achieved since the pre-launch facility opened last July.
Catawba Nation Gaming Authority president Mike Ulizio also issued a statement on the expansion. Said Ulizio:
“With the overwhelming success of the Catawba Two Kings Casino’s pre-launch facility since opening, it makes sense to work as quickly as possible to provide additional gaming opportunities for our patrons across the Charlotte region.”
Double the Size of the Gaming Floor
The addition of the gaming machines will double the size of the existing 14,700 square feet gaming area of the pre-launch building and it will increase the total gaming machines at the facility to 1,000.
A representative for Delaware North said the expansion will include the hiring of additional personnel. The pre-launch facility had a manpower of 259 workers when it launched earlier this year. The capacity for the original pre-launch building was 1,100 people.
Site work for the expansion began at the start of this month and is expected to be completed at the end of the year, when Delaware North is expected to begin the construction of the first phase of the permanent Two Kings Casino Resort project.
A pre-launch facility of the planned Two Kings Casino opened last July. It was constructed using prefabricated modular structures and has a total gaming area of 14,700 square feet with 500 slot machines. It also offers limited food and beverage and other guest amenities.
The first phase of the project is a larger “temporary” casino is scheduled to begin construction at the end of the year and is expected to be completed in one year. This planned structure will become a part of the full casino and is expected to add 1,300 slot machines to the existing pre-launch facility’s capacity.
Once completed, the full $273 million Two Kings Casino facility will also have table games and a hotel among other features. It is expected to create more than 2,600 permanent jobs at full buildout aside from hiring thousands of laborers during the construction phase.