Gulfside Announces Five Partners for River Valley Casino Resort Project in Pope, Arkansas

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Gulfside Casino Partnership announced that it would be working with five Arkansas companies on its proposed River Valley Casino Resort Project in Pope County, Arkansas.

According to Gulfside, iCurtis H. Stout, Inc., Middleton Heating & Air, Stephens Insurance, Westrock Coffee, and Russellville-based Barrett & Associates will work hand-in-hand with them for the completion of the $254M project.

Gulfside currently operates the Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, Mississippi.

River Valley Casino Resort Project

The River Valley Casino Resort Project in Pope County will have 500 hotel rooms, 80,000 square feet of gaming area, as well as numerous dining options, and an outdoor entertainment venue. According to Gulfside’s proposal, it will create 1,500 permanent jobs in the region, contribute $60.5M of annual payroll, and generate $29.5M in state revenue.

Last month, Gulfside named Arkansas-based Nabholz Corp. and AnderCorp of Mississippi to oversee the construction of the River Valley Casino Resort. Nabholz is a multi-service contractor with locations in six states other than Arkansas. Meanwhile, AnderCorp has experience with constructing more than 20 gaming and hospitality projects.

Pope License Challenged by the Cherokees

Gulfside and the Cherokee Nation are the only two applicants in the running for the Pope County license since voters passed Amendment 100 in 2018. The Amendment authorized the expansion of gambling operations at race tracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis to full-casino functions. It also allowed the Racing Commission to issue one casino license each in Jefferson and Pope counties.

Initially, Gulfside’s application was denied by the Racing Commission because its letter of support was signed by County Judge Jim Ed Gibson just days before his term ended on December 31, 2018. However, Gulfside made an appeal at the Pulaski County Circuit Court and Judge Tim Fox ruled in its favor. Last year, the Racing Commission awarded the license to Gulfside although the Cherokee have challenged the license in a case pending before the Arkansas Supreme Court.