Here are some short news highlights of a lot of casino news during the week from Mohegan Sun & Foxwoods.
It seems Mohegan Sun is beginning to be more and more interested in good eats along with good bets. The Mohegan Tribe said it’s partnering with Jersey Mike’s Subs to open a planned ten sandwich shops and actively seeking sites in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts for its first two restaurants. Jersey Mike’s already owns more than 1,000 sub shops around the country. This is the Mohegan’s third restaurant venture — they’re already partnering with Arooga’s Grille House and Smashburger.
Foxwoods is hosting a job fair to fill the 900 jobs it says will be added to southeastern CT. March 19, 2015, is the date as the new Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods Resort Casino is still scheduled to open on May 21, 2015. It will be held in the Premier Ballroom at Foxwoods Resort Casino from 2:00pm to 8:00pm and will seek to employ full and part-time team members for the over 80 branded and designer outlet retailers that will make up the new Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
By the way, the over $125 million project has already had a positive economic impact with the creation of more than 400 jobs during the construction phase. Once complete, Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods Resort Casino will create an estimated $10.4 million in annual sales tax. Guests will be able to enter Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods Resort Casino from two indoor entrances including one from the Grand Pequot Hotel and the other from the Fox Tower.
Mohegan Sun has added two new transportation options.
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will be partnering up with the short-distance aviation company BLADE, to provide would-be gamblers and concert-goers in the New York City direct flights to the casino via helicopter. One-way rides start around $625.
- The ride-sharing app Uber came to Connecticut in 2014 and beginning this week, people in the state can hail a ride to get to Mohegan Sun’s facilities 24-7. Uber says it will have dedicated pick-up and drop-off areas adjacent to the valet services already offered at Mohegan at the hotel lobby, the “Sky” entrance and the “Summer” entrance at the casino.
Finally, Senator Bob Duff said last week that a proposal to legalize slot machines outside two Indian casinos is dead for this year. No slots in OTB venues this year, at least. I’m sure it will come up again after seeing what threat Plainridge Park in Massachusetts will bring in the fall.
That’s all for now.