Guests will be able to enjoy the new and improved Southland Casino at the end of this month.
According to West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon, the renovated casino will be up and running by the end of this month while the first seven floors of the hotel will open in June. Mclendon made the statement last Friday when he and other city leaders toured the renovated Southland Hotel to see the progress on the improvements made to the casino and hotel.
The West Memphis mayor said that once the work is complete, it will be something that the mid-South will be very proud of. Said McClendon:
“This is truly gong to be a game changer. I’ve been saying this is going to be a game changer for West Memphis but now I’m going to start saying this is going to be a game changer for our region.”
Tallest Building in Arkansas
In total, the 113,000 square foot expanded casino will have 2,400 slot machines and 60 table games. It will also house a total of six new restaurants, two bars, and a VIP lounge. Outside the gaming complex will be a 1,250 space parking garage which will be connected to a 300-room hotel which includes 84 luxury suites.
According to Southland GM David Wolf, the hotel will be the tallest building in Arkansas, outside of Little Rock. The expansion will add around 400 to 500 new jobs, bringing Southland’s workforce up to 1,400 to 1,500 and making it the largest employer in Crittenden County.
The company has already began hiring positions for the casino and food service business: chefs, hosts, baristas, servers, managers, bartenders, dealers, slot tech, and security among others.
Greyhound Racing to be Phased out in December
Southland has been popular for its greyhound racing over the past 60 years but it will be phased out this December following the 2019 agreement between Southland Casino and the Arkansas Greyhound Kennel Association.
Under the agreement, Southland reduced the number of greyhound races from 6,656 in 2019, 4,992 in 2020, down to 3,994 in 2021, and 2,662 in 2022, with the final race to be held in December 22.
The gradual phase-out was implemented to allow time for the adoption of the 1,200 greyhounds that raced in Southland. The Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option will work to bring the retired racing greyhounds into new homes.