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At least one Pennsylvania casino operator is excited to open a new Category 4 casino. While Penn National purchased two mini-casino licenses and still opposes the law that allows them, Stadium Casino proudly announced the upcoming location of their satellite gaming location in Hempfield Township.
Stadium Casino, LLC announced in a press release their plans for a 100,000-square-foot casino in CBL’s Westmoreland Mall. The mini-casino will be located off Route 30, roughly 30 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh.
The site that will soon be transformed into a casino is currently occupied by the BonTon department store. The store is scheduled to close in August, and the casino construction will begin sometime after, pending the approval of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
According to a statement from Joe Weinberg, a Stadium Casino partner, the location at the CBL mall was chosen for its accessibility to road networks, infrastructure, and the neighboring restaurants and retail options already existing in the mall.
Stephen Lebovitz, CEO of CBL, said the mall has several other new businesses lined up to enter in the near future along with the casino, including a hotel, a fitness center, and more dining options. The mall is not the typical retail outlet and currently offers a mix of dining and entertainment.
State Senator Kim Ward praised the project, saying it will provide a “sizable” increase in the local tax base and revitalize the CBL mall. Stadium Casino anticipates the casino will provide over 600 jobs and generate millions annually for the Hempfield community.