Spectacular $57 Million Renovation and Rebrand of Palace Casino to Starlight Casino Edmonton
Project Adds 300 New Employees to Workforce and Brings the Site Total to Over 500 Employees
Featuring 10 unique entertainment experiences under one roof
EDMONTON, Sept. 26, 2018 /CNW/ - Gateway Casinos & Entertainment (Gateway) is excited to celebrate the grand opening of the spectacularly transformed Palace Casino to Starlight Casino Edmonton. Located in West Edmonton Mall, Gateway's latest development includes 120,000 square feet of entertainment and gaming space and features their latest brand creation, Halley's Club – a dining and entertainment experience where the nostalgic supper club and showcase theater, mingle with classic cabaret concepts of vintage eras.
Over 500 community leaders and project partners were joined by Gateway's CEO, Tony Santo, Minister Deron Bilous, His Honorable Mayor Don Iveson, and AGLC's COO, Niaz Nejad as they cut the ribbon and commemorated the opening of Edmonton's newest entertainment destination.
"Today marks the start of the next chapter at the iconic West Edmonton Mall," said Tony Santo, CEO of Gateway Casinos. "For many decades, Canadians have flocked here to experience this one-of-a-kind shopping and entertainment experience. We believe Starlight Casino Edmonton is the perfect compliment to this Canadian landmark."
Gateway proudly announced that the Starlight Casino employees have selected The Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation as the charity partner for the grand opening. From September 26th to October 31st, portions of the sites' food and beverage sales will be donated to The Stollery in support of the important work that they do in Edmonton throughout the province to give the sickest kids the best chance to live a long and healthy life.
The celebrations continue this evening, starting at 6pm on the casino floor; guests will have a chance to share in more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. They will also be treated to live entertainment throughout the property including: Campfire Heroes performing in MATCH; Matt Day on the piano in ATLAS; DJs all evening at the REPLAY arena; and guests can also snap a picture with glamorous showgirls or meet Elvis as he croons throughout the casino. The festivities will continue throughout the weekend which will be packed full of live entertainment, giveaways, food and beverage specials and a few surprises along the way.
"The addition of Starlight Casino will not only create hundreds of jobs but also allow Edmontonians and visitors to enjoy another great option for food and entertainment in our city," said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.
"The opening of Starlight Casino adds to the many world class entertainment options available to Albertans and our visitors. With more than 300 new jobs – and $57 million dollars of investment – it is another sign of investor confidence in our growing economy," said Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
Starlight Casino Edmonton joins Grand Villa Edmonton as the city's premier entertainment destinations featuring the most dynamic and exciting gaming and dining experiences in the province. Starlight Casino was a $57 million construction project which created over 300 new jobs. With the Grand Villa and Starlight projects, Gateway has invested almost $90 million in the Edmonton economy and created over 550 new jobs in the local job market.
The Starlight Casino brand will provide guests with the glitz, glamour and vintage feel of retro Vegas in a high energy atmosphere, centered around dining, gaming and entertainment experiences. Starlight Casino will feature many of Gateway's most successful signature restaurant brands like MATCH Eatery & Public House, ATLAS Steak + Fish, The Buffet, CHOW Lucky Noodle Bar and the debut of Gateway's latest brand creation, Halley's Club – a dining and entertainment club that will reinvent the classics.
This opening also signals the debut the first ever REPLAY arena. Located on the Starlight gaming floor, REPLAY is an innovative, immersive, multi-sensory space that combines the action and energy of gaming with a distinct party atmosphere. REPLAY is a new way to game which includes an interactive space for connected table game play, live action digital horse racing, a unique social Roulette table, a DJ booth, custom lighting equipment and an expansive video wall.
"On behalf of AGLC, I would like to congratulate Starlight Casino on their grand opening. We are delighted to be a part of the launch of the innovative Replay gaming area – the first of its kind in Alberta. While the AGLC is committed to the responsible growth of Alberta's gaming industry, we are also invested in developing modernized gaming options for Albertans," said Niaz Nejad, Vice President, Gaming & Cannabis; and Chief Operating Officer, AGLC.
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited ("Gateway") is one of the largest and most diversified gaming companies in Canada. Operating in British Columbia, Edmonton and Ontario, Gateway has 9,000 employees and operates 27 gaming properties with more than 380 tables, over 13,200 slots, 77 restaurants and bars and 561 hotel rooms. As the new service provider for the Central Gaming Bundle in Ontario, Gateway has brought two more properties and one new planned build in Wasaga Beach or Collingwood to the Gateway portfolio when fully implemented. A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen Gateway diversify and expand its product offering, including developing proprietary casino and restaurant brands, which has dramatically improved the gaming customer experience while attracting new customers. This includes brands like Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and the new Halley's Club. In 2017, Gateway celebrated 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Further information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com.
About West Edmonton Mall
West Edmonton Mall, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is the largest entertainment and shopping complex in Canada and the eleventh largest in the world. West Edmonton Mall is home to ten unique and thrilling attractions, including Galaxyland, the world's largest indoor amusement park, and World Waterpark, Canada's largest indoor wave pool. Those attractions in addition to over 600 retailers, two hotels, a 13-screen movie theatre, over 70 food and beverage outlets, four sea lions and 32 million visitors a year, make West Edmonton Mall Alberta's premier destination for shopping, entertainment and travel. Further information is available at westedmontonmall.com.
SOURCE Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited
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