CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) – Century Casino in Caruthersville will be expanding with the purchase of a hotel and new developments.
City leaders are hopeful this will draw more people into town.
“When they come, they don’t have a place to stay here,” said Caruthersville Mayor Sue Grantham.
The casino announced it acquired property near it, including the purchase of a two-story hotel and four free-standing houses.
The casino will refurbish the existing hotel, and a brand new one will also be built next to the existing casino pavilion.
The current casino is moving off of the river.
“This is going to help out a big big bunch and so is the casino, they will have people that would come and rather stay than go home,” Grantham said.
Longtime Caruthersville resident and library director, Teresa Tidwell explained why this expansion is important.
“We rely on the casino a lot, they’ve been wonderful to this community, so I think by the announcement that they’ve made about the expansion, it can only help our city and bring more tourists because they’re going to invest a sizeable amount,” Tidwell said.
“This will help with the sales tax of the community and of course the library has a sales tax that helps benefit us so that’s good news for us as well.”
“We depend heavily on the casino and we’re thankful we have such a good team to work with,” Mayor Grantham said.
“We are excited to expand and enhance our property by providing much needed renovated local hotel rooms,” said Denny Callen, general manager for Century Casino Caruthersville.
The casino said the hotel will be refurbished with the goal to reopen it with 36 rooms by 2022.