Stadium Casino has announced their location for an upcoming satellite casino, the Westmoreland Mall.
Additions to the gambling industry in Pennsylvania are slowly coming along, after a package was passed last year to allow for such changes as online gaming, satellite venues, online lottery and more. As far as the satellite casinos are concerned, the first of the year saw a great deal of interest and licensing acquired, yet operators have been slow to reveal their plans. This week, Stadium Casino announced they have chosen the Westmoreland Mall as their location for a mini-gaming venue.
Let’s Go to the Mall
Aside from shopping at Westmoreland Mall, visitors will eventually get to take part in casino gaming. The new operator to the state’s gaming market has announced that they will be moving into the section of the mall that is now home to Bon-Ton. In August, the Bon-Ton store will close due to liquidation, leaving behind the perfect amount of space for the smaller gaming venue. The space is 100,000 square feet in size, plenty of room to house as many as 30 table games and up to 750 slots.
According to a press release involving the casino, the new spot will create over 600 jobs and provide millions in annual revenues to the local community. The state Gaming Control Board must still approve the development so any moving forward with plans will have to wait until the go ahead is given.
Stadium Casino partner Joe Weinberg commented on the new plans by stating that the location is situation in an area that already has excellent infrastructure and road networks in place. The new gaming facility will be in a spot where there is already existing dining and retail amenities which will be appealing to visitors.
Second Winning Bidder
Stadium Casino won the second license for a category 4 facility, paying $40.1 million for the opportunity to open a smaller gaming venue, known as a satellite casino. The company has joined forces with Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment as well as The Cordish Companies to develop the new facility. CBL Properties will be taking on the development stage of the project.
CBL is actually the owner of the mall, one that has been in existence since 1977. The company is excited to be working with the casino brand, stating they are continually looking to reinvest their properties by bringing in something new and exciting for shoppers. In their portfolio, there will be hotels, dining, fitness and more. The addition of the casino will then make the mall that much more enticing, creating the ultimate combination of entertainment, dining and experience.
It does seem like an odd choice to create a casino in a mall, but everyone seems to be on board. Adults who visit the mall for shopping will be able to pop into the casino for a quick game or just visit the casino in an easy to reach location. CBL feels that the addition of the casino will help to bring in new traffic from across the region, which will position the property for long-term success as well as growth.
The location of the mall is a good one for the gaming venue. Off Route 30, the mall is close to 30 miles from Pittsburgh, which is a major city, plus is close to the borders of West Virginia and Maryland. The new gaming venue has the potential to bring in gamers from not only neighboring cities but also states.
It will be interesting to see how the mini casino progresses over the next few months and hopefully there will be an opening at the beginning of 2019.