Casino to open Mon­day

Craw­ford Dr. fa­cil­ity will launch with 300 em­ploy­ees

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - JOELLE KO­VACH Ex­am­iner Staff Writer

The new Shore­lines Casino Peter­bor­ough is open­ing on Mon­day at 5 p.m., states a new press re­lease from its B.C.-based op­er­a­tor, Great Cana­dian Gam­ing Corp.

“Open­ing day will be an ex­cit­ing one for our 300 team mem­bers - 180 of which are new - who are all very ea­ger to show­case the new fa­cil­ity to the city and the mar­ket­place,” stated Bryan Buchanan, gen­eral man­ager at Shore­lines Casino Peter­bor­ough, in the re­lease.

The 50,000-square-foot fullser­vice casino, which will op­er­ate around the clock, will have an ar­ray of the new­est slot ma­chines, states the press re­lease, live dealer ta­ble games such as black­jack, roulette, and bac­carat, a Race­book and a live en­ter­tain­ment area.

There will be 500 slot ma­chines to start and 22 ta­ble games.

The casino will have a 40-seat mod­ern ca­sual restau­rant called the Wind­ward Restau­rant and Lounge along with a 280-seat daily-themed all-you-can-eat buf­fet called The Buf­fet.

The grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion will com­mence at 5 p.m. Mon­day and in­clude a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony, live en­ter­tain­ment and a gift for the first 2,500 guests, the re­lease states.

“As we get ready to open our doors and of­fer an un­par­al­leled gam­ing and en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ence to our guests, we want to rec­og­nize the ef­forts of all the lo­cal busi­nesses and trades per­son­nel who worked on this project,” Buchanan added.

“Hir­ing lo­cal tal­ent was very im­por­tant to us and to­gether we have con­structed an ex­cep­tional fa­cil­ity.”

Mayor Daryl Ben­nett said Thurs­day he’s glad a new casino is now within the city lim­its.

It means the city can now ben­e­fit from the new jobs, he said, as it also col­lects about $6 mil­lion a year (in shared rev­enues, plus prop­erty taxes gen­er­ated from the casino and the ho­tel un­der con­struc­tion next door.)

“We’re look­ing for­ward to the first cheque com­ing in – when it ar­rives, it will be wel­come,” Ben­nett said.

Al­though city coun­cil hasn’t de­bated or voted on the is­sue, Ben­nett noted that coun­cil­lors and city staff have agreed in prin­ci­pal that the money should be spent on in­fra­struc­ture projects – par­tic­u­larly since mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties can’t count on fed­eral and pro-

vin­cial grants to do con­struc­tion projects.

He also said he heard that busi­ness­peo­ple who have to come to meet­ings in Peter­bor­ough of­ten don’t stay overnight for lack of evening en­ter­tain­ment.

This might change all that, he said.

“The casino’s not for every­body… but I see it as be­ing a bit of a draw, in that re­gard,” Ben­nett said.

Shore­lines Casino Peter­bor­ough is lo­cated at 1400 Craw­ford Dr. along The Park­way in Peter­bor­ough’s south end.

Great Cana­dian Gam­ing also op­er­ates casi­nos in Belleville and Gananoque.

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