Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel Expansion Project Reaches $275 Million
The expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy, North Carolina is well underway. The project, a collaboration between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and Harrah’s Entertainment Inc, is expected to be completed by late 2024. With an estimated budget of $275 million, the expansion is set to significantly enhance the gaming floor and accommodation facilities.
The expansion project will bring about various additions to the casino and hotel. This includes an additional 25,000 square feet of gaming space with 300 new slot machines and table games, as well as the highly anticipated World Series of Poker – Poker Room. Additionally, the project will feature a casino bar with 22 seats and an expanded motor coach lobby. The new development also encompasses the construction of a 296-room hotel tower. The tower will house an indoor pool, spa, fitness center, and a range of leisure and entertainment amenities such as a rooftop restaurant with a mountain view and a wine cellar.
Moreover, the expansion is expected to create job opportunities for the local community. It is anticipated that more than 900 construction workers will be employed during the construction phase, and around 100 permanent jobs will be generated within the casino, hotel, and catering facilities. The starting wages for hourly positions are set at $15/hour, and all employees will be eligible for career growth opportunities within Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos.
Lumpy Lambert, the General Manager of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River, expressed his excitement about the expansion project, stating, “We recognized the necessity of an expansion when we opened eight years ago. We are certainly looking forward to the opportunity to grow and expand our market.” Lambert also emphasized the significance of the expansion for the development of tribal programs, noting that it will not only contribute to the continued development of tribal programs but also provide job opportunities for enrolled members.
The expansion project aims to maintain the cultural integration of the Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos, with Cherokee cultural elements being featured in the design of the new resort. The property is set to open in late 2024, with the launch of the development scheduled for the summer of 2024. The expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy and provide an enhanced entertainment experience for visitors.