Gateway Casinos & Entertainment announces the Opening of the Cascades Casino in Kamloops

-  Entertainment Redefined With A Spectacular New $40 Million Property -

KAMLOOPS, BC, Aug. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Gateway Casinos & Entertainment ("Gateway") is thrilled to open its doors at Cascades Casino Kamloops, a $40 million, first-class gaming and entertainment destination in the heart of Kamloops.

With a design inspiration built around "Play", Cascades Casino Kamloops is entertainment redefined featuring   65,000 square feet of premium entertainment space,  a spectacular gaming floor, live entertainment and many dining options to suit any taste, including Gateway's signature restaurants MATCH Eatery & Public House and the debut of Atlas Steak + Fish, the new fine dining restaurant.

Over 600 community members and leaders were invited for a grand opening ceremony with Canadian recording artist and 6-time Juno winner, Colin James, followed by a larger celebration with customers.  During the night's festivities Gateway Gives – Gateway's community and charitable program – was proud to fundraise for the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, the official charity for the grand opening.

With almost 25 years' experience in the Canadian gaming industry, Gateway has been a proud member of the Kamloops community for more than 20 years.   This new project helped boost the local economy during construction with increased purchasing and use of local suppliers and businesses.  With the opening of the Cascades Kamloops, an additional new 200 permanent jobs have been added with an estimated annual payroll of $7 million.

Cascades Casino Kamloops is the first Gateway property to be unveiled as part of an ambitious redevelopment strategy to dramatically improve the customer experience by creating a complete entertainment destination that offers customers much more than just gaming. New redevelopment projects are currently underway at two Gateway properties in Edmonton, AB.

QUOTES:

"With Cascades Casino Kamloops, we position it as entertainment redefined and our customers will experience this from the first time they come through our doors.  From our signature Match Eatery & Public House, to our expansive new gaming floor, to our great employee team – we believe that Cascades is going to be a hit with our customers and neighbours alike."  – Tony Santo, CEO, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment

"‎We are looking forward to the new venue - it has generated 200 new jobs, $40 million in construction value, and most importantly, an improved traffic solution for the area." – Peter Milobar, Mayor of Kamloops

"A great big welcome to the new Cascades Casino in Kamloops.  From the creation of hundreds of new jobs, to the array of new entertainment and dining options, congratulations to Tony Santo and the Gateway Team for demonstrating such significant confidence in Kamloops by making this huge investment in our City."  – Minister Todd Stone, MLA Kamloops – South Thompson

"Cascades Casino Kamloops reflects our long-held vision to provide Kamloops with an outstanding gaming facility and we are proud to celebrate its opening with Gateway Casinos. Kamloops residents can look forward to a first class entertainment experience, which offers something for everyone." – Jim Lightbody, CEO, British Columbia Lottery Corporation

KEY FACTS:

  • Cascades Kamloops will employ 330 people, which creates 200 new positions for people in the community. All new employees started customer service training in July. During construction, almost 200 construction jobs were created.
  • The new 65,000 square foot property will offer guests more dining and other entertainment options, including three restaurants and space for live entertainment. The 30,000 square foot gaming floor offers 500 slot machines and 18 table games.
  • MATCH Eatery & Public House features local gastro flare in an upscale Pub format and also features a large 3-season patio; Atlas Steak + Fish brings a new touch of elegance to Kamloops along with private dining, an interactive kitchen and luxurious patio seating. 
  • Gateway Casinos & Entertainment operates has 12 gaming properties, over 3,500 employees,  5,500 slots machines,  200 tables, 30 restaurants and 1,000 hotel rooms.
  • For more information go to www.cascadescasinokamloops.com. For the latest news, follow Cascades Casino Kamloops on Facebook www.facebook.com/CascadesCasino-Kamloops and Twitter @KamloopsCasino.

SOURCE Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited

For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Tanya Gabara, Director of Public Relations, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, 604-296-5052, tgabara@gatewaycasinos.com

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